Caitie Switalski

Reporter

Caitie Switalski graduated from the University of Florida, with a B.S. in Journalism, in April '17.

Her radio reporting has taken her to Havana, Cuba, California, Tallahassee, Gainesville, and South Florida. She was an intern at WLRN the summer of 2016.

In July of 2017, Caitie placed third in the Hearst Broadcasting national Competition, in San Francisco, CA. She's worked for WFSU-FM in Tallahassee as an intern and reporter. While at school, she gained anchoring experience for local Morning Edition at WUFT-FM, as well as a digital editing.

When she's not following what's happening all over Broward County, you can catch Caitie lounging in local coffee shops, at the beach, or watching Love Actually for the hundredth time.

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Fort Lauderdale City Commission
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale residents will have a chance to ask one of their city commissioners anything about the city - and they don't even have to make it to a city commission meeting. 

District 2 Commissioner Steve Glassman is hosting a telephone town hall Thursday for people to call in and talk. Callers don't have to live in District 2.

Silver Tsunami report
Courtesy of The Community Foundation of Broward / WLRN

Bill Nelson
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

It’s been seven months since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people. 

To mark the date, Parkland father Fred Guttenberg gathered families together at the Marriott Heron Bay Resort in the city -  the same hotel where his daughter Jaime's funeral was held in February.   

ice cream entrepreneaurship
Christopher Guanche for NSU / WLRN

One Fort Lauderdale ice cream shop is getting ready to host a special limited-edition flavor. 

Yo Mama's Ice Cream on Fort Lauderdale Beach teamed up with Nova Southeastern University two months ago to help high schoolers in Broward County develop and market their own sugary concoctions. 

Now it's time to sell the stuff. 

Broward County Animal Care And Adoption Center
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

In the back of Broward County’s Animal Care and Adoption Center, a tiny black kitten the size of a hand, squeaks for another bottle. 

She doesn’t have a name, but Meagan Nehls, who is a program coordinator at the shelter, just calls her, “Kitten.”

The shelter doesn’t have enough volunteers to foster all of the incoming kittens, so Nehls has been taking Kitten home at the end of her workday every day.  

Fort Lauderdale City Commission
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners will vote tonight to approve the city budget for the next year. 

The second - and final - public hearing for the budget happens at 6 p.m. in the Fort Lauderdale city commission chambers.

The hearing is the last chance for residents to give input about how the city of Fort Lauderdale should spend its money. 

Tracy Jackson
Courtesy of Broward County / WLRN

There's a new person in charge of emergency management in Broward County.

Tracy Jackson started as the director of regional public safety and emergency services at the end of May, days before this year's hurricane season began. In addition to hurricane preparation, he now oversees Broward's regional 911 system. 

Jackson began his career as a firefighter in the  Miami Fire Rescue Department in 1982. He was the division chief of support services during and after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, heading up logistics.

Hollywood Firefighters
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

At the entrance to Hollywood's Fire Station 31, on Hollywood Blvd., sits a tall statue of a fireman, in full gear, holding a baby. Below are names of local firefighters from the department who have died in the line of duty and after decades of service.

During a ceremony to remember the 9/11 terrorist attacks Tuesday, members of Hollywood's current fire rescue department unveiled 10 new names added to that memorial.

Phil Savery knew all of them well.

Adam Weinstein/FTL algae
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Toxic blue-green algae blooms have officially come to Fort Lauderdale.

The green, foul-smelling goop has been sighted in Intracoastal canals, near Annie Beck Park, and the Las Olas Isles neighborhood.  

Adam Weinstein lives on the 15th street canal, and noticed the green floating patches near the dock behind his house two weeks ago.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Commissioners investigating the Parkland school shooting said Thursday that law enforcement school resource officers, or SROs, should play a larger role at schools. 

Florida Sen. Lauren Book, who sits on the commission, asked the group to recommend that SROs be given access to students’ educational and disciplinary records. 

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The state commission investigating the Parkland school shooting has conducted 300 witness interviews so far. But there's at least one more high profile witness to go: former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resource officer Scot Peterson. 

Peterson was the Broward Sheriff's Deputy on duty during the shooting on Feb. 14. He resigned shortly following the shooting, after surveillance video revealed that he did not enter the 1200 building to engage the shooter during the massacre. 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

With a Republican majority in the United States Senate, the confirmation of conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court may seem inevitable. 

But not to one U.S. Representative from South Florida: Debbie Wasserman Schultz. 

MSD Public Safety Commission
Riane Roldan / WLRN

The state commission investigating the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting is almost ready to make its first round of recommendations for increasing school security and mental health systems.

The highly anticipated report from the 14-person panel will act as a statewide guide for schools and law enforcement. 

Vivitrol
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward County is about to get more money for programs helping people fight their opioid addictions. 

The federal government set aside nearly $1 billion to fight the opioid crisis nationwide this year. Florida is set to receive $49.3 million from those funds, of which  an estimated $7-10 million is going to Broward County.

County officials don’t know yet exactly how much they will get. 

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Parents
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The race for an at-large seat in the Broward County School Board is still unsettled after Tuesday’s election.

Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina was killed in the Parkland school shooting in February, challenged imcumbent Donna Korn for seat 8, which is a countywide seat.

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