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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New Zealand Shooting
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

There was no singing, or chanting inside of the Pembroke Pines City Center. Instead, a small crowd of about 50 people gathered to pray together.  

City officials in Pembroke Pines hosted a vigil Wednesday night for people to come and honor the lives lost in the New Zealand tragedy.

 

Nearly one week ago, the island in the Pacific experienced the worst mass shooting in its modern history. Fifty people died after a gunman opened fire in a terrorist attack on worshippers in two mosques in the city of Christchurch. 

solar energy
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward County homeowners who are interested in installing solar panels now have a chance to buy in to renewable energy.  

Members from climate change advocacy groups gathered at the Young At Art Museum in Davie on Wednesday to announce the launch of a new solar co-op. The co-op allows a group of homeowners to join together to purchase solar panels in bulk, which costs less money than purchasing panels individually.  

National Senior Games
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The world's largest multi-sport event for seniors is coming to Broward County. The National Senior Games announced Tuesday it had chosen Broward to hold the games in 2021.

"We are very very thrilled," National Senior Games CEO Marc T. Riker told a small crowd at the Broward County Convention Center. "We're excited that we'll be having over 10,000 athletes that will be coming down here to compete in the games."

The competition, which happens every two years, includes more than 20 sports. Any qualifying athletes over the age of 50 can play. 

Mobile School Pantry
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Five years ago, a mobile food pantry started delivering fresh, healthy food to parents at one elementary school in Hollywood. Then, it went to three.

Now, the nonprofit Mobile School Pantry has expanded to delivering food to seven elementary schools across Broward County. The pantry travels to schools that are located in areas that lack easy access to grocery stores - areas called food deserts.

Tarpon River Brewing
William Grieb/ via Flickr / WLRN

Friday is  International Women's Day -  but it's also another big day for women: the International Women's Collaboration Brew Day.

Started by  Unite Brew, the organization for female brewers, the idea is to celebrate women in the beer industry by hosting brewing parties around the world on International Women's Day.  

Tarpon River Brewing co-founder, Lisa Siegel, spent the day making beer with women from South Florida and Orlando - ahead of a benefit party at the brewery. 

united way of Broward county
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Half of all households in Broward County can't afford basic necessities, like housing, transportation, healthcare and childcare, according to a new report. 

These ALICE families — which stands for Asset Limited - Income Constrained and Employed — are either living in poverty, or close to it, and don't have savings. 

Robert Runcie
Carl Juste for The Miami Herald / WLRN

More than 1,000 people from across Broward County showed up at J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs Monday night for a district-wide town hall about school security. 

everglades holiday park
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Next to the airboats at the entrance to Everglades Holiday Park, about thirty people from The Sierra Club, the Broward County League of Women Voters, and other environmentalist groups stood together holding signs Tuesday that read "Not Here, Not Now, Not Everglades."

The groups gathered, along with local lawmakers, to speak out against drilling for oil in the wetlands they were standing in. 

AIDS Healthacre Foundation
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) told WLRN Monday that it is rethinking plans for a controversial low-income apartment complex being planned near the city's Downtown.

AHF received widespread criticism from neighbors and city officials about the size of the units and the development's location and density. 

"Overall, we've heard the concerns of the community and of the commission," Southern Bureau Chief for AHF Michael Kahane told WLRN. "We will do what it takes to make this a reality for the folks that so desperately need it."

Katie Lepri / WLRN News

Hours before the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Governor Ron DeSantis ordered an audit of discipline programs across Florida schools and announced he has requested the Florida Supreme Court to create a statewide grand jury panel to look into the shooting and actions that could have prevented it.

32BJ SEIU
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a proposal that would increase the amount employers are required to pay towards health insurance for county contracted and subcontracted workers, like airport and port workers.

The ordinance would require employers to contribute $3.44 per hour to an employee's health insurance starting in 2021. The current rate is $1.63 per hour.

The proposal now has a public hearing scheduled for Feb. 26. at 10 a.m. 

Everglades
Roberto Koltun / El Nuevo Herald

A long time Florida developer who was recently appointed to the South Florida Water Management District by Governor Ron DeSantis violated county policy when he built a fence in a wetland, according to Broward County documents.

Ron Bergeron, who is known as "Alligator Ron," was issued a six-count violation signed Feb. 7, 2019, related to wetlands in Southwest Ranches.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Family members of victims from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre and shooting survivor David Hogg launched on Monday an effort to get a constitutional amendment on the Florida ballot in 2020 that would ban the sale of assault weapons. 

Hogg and Gail Schwartz, who lost her 14-year-old nephew Alex Schachter at the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting, were among the group that dropped off 200 signed petitions to be certified at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. 

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