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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Jeff Greene
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

This post was updated at 11:00 p.m., Aug. 28, 2018.

Democratic candidate for governor and billionaire businessman Jeff Greene threw his support behind Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum Tuesday, after Gillum secured the party's nomination for governor with over 34 percent of the vote.

"Nobody expected this," Greene said after the race was called. "[Gillum] was able to mobilize his base, he's a smart...very inspiring guy."

 

Jacksonville shooting
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Matthew Lee, 20, has been playing the Madden NFL video game for three years. It's an immersive, competitive football game where each person is a player in the National Football League.  

Vivitrol
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Enrique Martinez was dripping water when he walked into Fifth Street Counseling Center, in Plantation, on a Tuesday evening last July.  

medical marijuana
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Fort Lauderdale officials decided this week to uphold a city ordinance that limits the number of medical marijuana dispensaries allowed to open in the city - despite a state law that says it does not have that power.

Florida voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana in 2016. Currently, the four dispensaries that are trying to set up shop in Ft. Lauderdale have applied to open in the same part of the city, the Northeast political district.

Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
Wally Gobetz via Flickr / WLRN

If a penny tax on the Nov. 6 Broward County ballot passes, cities who support the tax could get at least 10 percent of the money generated to fund their own transportation projects. 

The county commission is trying to get cities to support the surtax, which would raise the countywide sales tax from six cents per dollar, to seven.

Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness
Courtesy of Ana Tinsly / WLRN

Workers held a rally Tuesday afternoon in Downtown Fort Lauderdale to petition the Broward County Commission to raise the living wage.

A new report by The Fort Lauderdale Airport Coalition shows that nearly half of contracted and subcontracted workers, like wheelchair attendants at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, are living near or under the poverty line.

Rep. Ted Deutch
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The National Flood Insurance Program is in trouble. After paying claims to cover damages from storms like Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and Hurricane Matthew in 2015, it is more than $25 billion in debt.

Parkland
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The organization Parkland Cares, founded in the wake of the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, awarded its first three grants to local mental health service providers Mondy, totaling $75,000. 

The Children's Bereavement Center, Behavioral Health Associates of Broward and Henderson Behavioral Health each received checks for $25,000, which will go directly to creating services, subsidizing services, or making counseling more accessible for residents. 

holding hands
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Over the past two years, The Community Foundation of Broward has awarded 16 grants totaling $800,000 to local nonprofits to bring relief to residents who are struggling financially. 

Now the foundation is accepting a new round of applications to fund programs that promote economic independence. 

Broward Health
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The Broward Health System is almost ready to open it's new building in Coral Springs. 

A new tower with over 112,000 square-feet focusing mainly on the health of new moms and babies has been added onto the existing Coral Springs Medical Center. 

Robert Runcie
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Summer is just about over for students and teachers in South Florida. Schools reopened in Palm Beach County on Monday. On Wednesday, they reopened in Monroe and Broward Counties.

David Santiago / Miami Herald

Six months to the day after the shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — and coming shortly after the Broward County school district’s controversial reversal of a plan to install metal detectors at the Parkland school — a consultant tasked with providing a security assessment recommended against using the devices.

Broward Schools
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Nearly a week after Marjory Stoneman Douglas parents gathered to criticize the Broward County School Board and its leadership, state and county leaders gathered to show support for Superintendent Robert Runcie.

3D printed gun parts
Wikimedia Commons / WLRN

The national debate over 3D printed guns has reached Broward County. Starting Monday, Broward County's Library system suspended use of all 3D printers at its facilities, citing the need for extra caution and weapon concerns. 

plastic straws
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Updated August 2, 2018, 11 a.m.

An ordinance banning the sale and distribution of plastic straws in Hallandale Beach as well as their use on the public beach passed with a unanimous vote of five to zero at the Wednesday night city commission meeting, which spilled over into early  Thursday morning. 

It is expected to take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

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