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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Republican Governors Association
Courtesy of the Republican Governors Association / WLRN

Twenty three out of the 27 Republican Governors around the U.S. are in South Florida this week. Thursday was the second - and final day - of the annual Republican Governors Association Conference at a resort in Boca Raton. 

The association's goal is to help get Republican politicians get elected as governors across the country, as well as  provide them with some resources. 

Lazy Lake
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The Broward County Office Of The Inspector General has closed its most recent inquiry into the smallest municipality in the county: The Village of Lazy Lake.

The Village of 15 houses is surrounded by Wilton Manors - and has a history of experiencing election issues.

Dale Holness
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward County has a new mayor to govern the year ahead: Dale Holness. 

Holness spent the last year in the role of vice mayor, under outgoing Mayor Mark Bogen. He was sworn in at a meeting in Fort Lauderdale Tuesday morning, after his fellow commissioners unanimously voted in favor for him to lead the county commission meetings, and be the official face of the county over the course of the next year. 

 

Transcending Love
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A new photography exhibit at the Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Wilton Manors aims to give transgender and non-binary couples a platform to tell their stories and show them living their everyday lives, posing with their families in the setting of their choice. 

The exhibit is called "Transcending Love: Portraits of Transgender and Non-Binary Couples." 

Barbara Proud is the photographer behind the project. A lesbian herself, she goes by the name B. Proud.

"...Because, why not?" she said. 

 

FAU research
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Research students from Florida Atlantic University, Broward College and Miami Dade College showcased their projects Friday morning at the 9th annual student research symposium in Davie. 

The students were judged on how clearly they were able to communicate their research to an audience that reaches beyond fellow scientists.

Many of the projects focused on health and environmental issues - like studying Bachman's sparrow. 

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The nonprofit The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is working on a ballot initiative for Fort Lauderdale voters to consider on the next general elections, on November 3, 2020.

The ordinance would try to prevent alleged discrimination when affordable housing developments get considered.

 

scholastic
Diamond Jennah / WLRN

Meet Iniyah Jones. The 12 year-old is in 6th grade at Seminole Middle School, in Plantation. 

And she's already pursuing a career in journalism. 

Jones is one of only two students in Florida to participate in the Scholastic Kids Press program, an international press corps experience where 50 young reporters from around the world write articles, and work with editors to report what's going on where they live  - from Shanghai to the United States.  

ICE
Carlos Naranjo / WLRN

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case that could end the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). 

 

Hallandale Beach
Courtesy of the Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency / WLRN

The City of Hallandale Beach is going through a rebranding of sorts. It wants to promote a new brighter, friendlier image by incorporating more art into the public spaces. 

The city recently partnered with the Broward County nonprofit arts incubator ArtServe to launch an initiative called '12 Months of Art'. 

knitting
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A handful of women who make up the "Off The Hook" crochet and knitting club in Pembroke Pines have been using their recent meetings to make scarves for military care packages.

Six women gathered Friday at their bi-monthly meeting at the Southwest Regional Library in Pembroke Pines — needles and fancy yarns in hand. 

They worked on hand-made scarves to send to U.S. military members in time for Veterans Day on Monday.

 "Yours is really, really soft," Melody Tuli told one of the club members. 

MSD
Jenna Harris/The Eagle Eye / WLRN

The varsity football team at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School almost had an undefeated regular football season. Almost. The Eagles lost to the Plantation High Colonels last week 39-10. 

However, the team won its first eight games of the season and is still going to the playoffs this week. The first game, against Miami High, kicks off at 7:30 at Cumber Stadium in Parkland.

MSD
Peter Haden / WLRN

In the more than 20 months since the deadly shooting in Parkland, the state has passed a number of laws to address school safety, including the controversial measure allowing teachers to be armed. 

Las Olas Beach Park
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Where Las Olas Boulevard meets A1A in Fort Lauderdale, construction workers are smoothing sand, building benches, and planting. 

Things are coming together at the new Las Olas Beach Park. The design process began more than five years ago, according to the Project's Manager at the City, Tom Green. 

Marine Industries Association
Joel Eriksson / WLRN

Inside of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is a movement to connect environmental entrepreneurs with philanthropists who love to boat and are passionate about ocean health. 

 

AP

The statewide commission investigating the Parkland shooting is working on a second school safety report, which is expected to be submitted to the governor by Nov. 1.

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