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.

Ways to Connect

Florida Recount 2018
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Ballots for people to vote by mail are on the way to Broward voters. 

The county elections office put more than 240,000 ballots in the mail Thursday. More than 65,000 more will be sent out next Monday, according to Broward Supervisor of Elections Peter Antonacci.

Lady and the Mug
Courtesy of Lady and the Mug / WLRN

Businesses of all kinds — particularly restaurants and cafes — are having to get creative to survive the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

Some are trying new ways to help people to feel safe while grabbing a cup of coffee. 

fort lauderdale city commission
DANIEL A. VARELA / MIAMI HERALD

After beginning their regular meeting nearly an hour and a half late, Fort Lauderdale city commissioners had a long Tuesday night — that stretched past midnight — conferring on budget issues before going on a recess that will last until mid-August. 

Andrews Ave.
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale city commissioners have a 13-page agenda to go through tonight, at their 6 p.m. regular meeting. And, due to ongoing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, their meetings continue to be held online.

Many of the issues up for vote and further discussion Tuesday evening are about money. 

Port Everglades
Courtesy of Port Everglades / WLRN

Port Everglades is getting a new leader today — in the middle of a $1.6 billion dollar expansion, and the Coronavirus pandemic.

racial equity workshop
Broward County Government / WLRN

Broward County Commissioners spent most of Tuesday in their meeting chambers, but unlike other weeks, this one wasn't spent going over a normal agenda.

Instead, in the wake of civil unrest after the death of George Floyd, commissioners participated in a racial equity presentation from the Racial Equity Institute out of Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Scherer
Pool Image via AP / WLRN

The trial for the confessed Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, has been pushed back again, this time with no new date in sight, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

At a status hearing Monday, Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said it's unclear when it will be possible to get a group of people into the courthouse to hold jury selection.  

How a National Health Crisis Fell On The Backs Of Local Leaders

Jun 19, 2020
Gabriel Hongsdusit / Reveal

On Friday, March 13, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence stood in the White House Rose Garden to declare COVID-19 a national emergency. But the risk of the disease, Pence told the nation, remained low. 

“We don’t want everybody taking this test; it’s totally unnecessary,” Trump assured Americans. “This will pass.”

Gerard Albert III / WLRN

For the past week, we've been looking at demonstrations calling for Black human rights happening throughout South Florida. The rallies and marches started because of police violence — now people are calling for an end to systemic racism throughout our country. 

Last week, we heard from Homestead, Wilton Manors and Boca Raton. This week we take a look at protests in Riviera Beach, Weston and Coconut Grove.

Lizzy Celine
Courtesy Celine Peccatte and Lizzy Hoke / WLRN

Drive-by birthday parties. Passover Seder on Zoom. Even weddings livestreamed on YouTube.

 

It’s been a little more than three months now, since we really could be together with friends and family the way we are used to. These are just some of the ways people are coming together in a socially-distant way to mark some of life’s major moments. 

protest
Courtesy of Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward / WLRN

Demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd did not slow down this weekend in South Florida. Events took place from Palm Beach through Broward and into Miami-Dade County. 

Gerard Albert III / WLRN

Black Lives Matter Weston organized a protest and march Friday afternoon, down Bonaventure Boulevard from Library Park to City Hall. A few hundred people peacefully held signs and chanted, "Black Lives Matter" "Defund the Police" and "Weston Needs Change."

A few people got overheated and fainted in the 90 degree-heat. Most people had masks on. 

River
Courtesy of Diana Haneski / WLRN

Sometimes cute, sometimes irritating — it might be a familiar occurrence at this point: A dog barks in the background of a video conference.

In this case, though, it's definitely cute, because the dog is River, a fluffy Bernedoodle who's certified in canine therapy. And her owner is Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's librarian.

Fort Lauderdale Beach
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

"It's a glorious day here on the beach, isn't it?" Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis asked an applauding crowd at news conference on Tuesday.

He was one of several city and county officials that lined up on Fort Lauderdale Beach to clarify what's open, what's not, and what happens next as Broward County begins phased reopenings during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Fort Lauderdale Beach
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Along Fort Lauderdale Beach, heading north on State Road A1A, few joggers and pairs of walking partners braved the gray clouds, stong wind and the pelting rain on Monday. 

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