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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MLK Day
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The city of Miramar on Monday held one of the more than seven celebrations across Broward County honoring the life and legacy of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Thousands lined up with their families along South Sherman Circle to watch the parade. Local high school marching bands stopped every few feet to hype up the crowd and play music.  

 

Many people brought chairs and camped out for the morning under some shady trees. 

youth climate change
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

About 1,000 middle and high school students and teachers from 27 schools came together for the second annual Broward Youth Climate Summit in Fort Lauderdale. 

Students had the chance to participate in a Broward County version of 'Game of Floods,' an interactive scenario. They also heard panels on how sea level rise will impact politics, art, economics, law and how they can advocate for policy change. The day-long event took place at the Museum of Discovery and Science.

 

Fort Lauderdale sewage
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

People were eager to hear Fort Lauderdale leaders' action plans in the aftermath of last month's sewage spills.  

City Mayor Dean Trantalis addressed more than 255 people in city hall during a town hall Thursday night. 

The topic: aging infrastructure and sewage. 

"I'm looking to see they have a plan in the first place and that the plan is solid," resident Juliette Rocque said. 

 

homeless
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale and Broward County were named in the top 'largely suburban' communities in the country last year for the number of people experiencing homelessness, the chronically homless, and homeless veterans. 

That's according to the newly released report from the U.S. Department of Housing And Urban Development. 

Fort Lauderdale
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners voted unanimously to spend $65 million to replace part of the sewer main that broke repeatedly last month, leaving streets, yards and waterways contaminated over the holidays.

The new sewer main will run 7.5 miles underground and take 16 to 18 months to install.

Fort Lauderdale Sewage
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale residents are gearing up to demonstrate on land and water next weekend, to call on city leaders to take action to fix unreliable sewage infrastructure. 

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

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In his speech, Trump also spoke out against abortion and in favor of pro-life policies and other conservative Christian agenda issues such as prayer in schools and on college campuses. His address included a personal assurance for his evangelical audience: "I really do believe we have God on our side."

Ben Crump
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Nationally recognized civil rights attorney Ben Crump is demanding answers from law enforcement on behalf of the family of a Broward County teen who drowned last spring.

Sun Sentinel via press pool / WLRN

The confessed Parkland shooter was back in a Broward County courtroom Thursday afternoon for his last scheduled hearing of 2019. He wore large glasses and sat with his attorneys in the courtroom.

Nikolas Cruz's trial will not begin in January of 2020 as it was scheduled to. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer postponed the start of the trial until at least the summer of 2020.

Sewage
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

It's taken the city of Fort Lauderdale more than a week to stop a sewage leak after a sewer main broke in the Rio Vista neighborhood. 

A bypass was opened after 3 a.m. Wednesday and is now diverting the sewage away from dumping into the Tarpon River. Now, the city is now working to replace the broken section of pipe.

 

buskers
Courtesy of Cameron Cunningham / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale city commissioners hope to attract more street performers and artists — “buskers” — to the city. 

However, instead of voting on changes to its ordinance at the last city commission meeting of the decade Tuesday night,  commissioners asked for reworked changes and deferred the matter until the new year for more discussion.

Walter Michot / Miami Herald

The Broward Teachers Union, unhappy with the response from the Broward County School District,  declared an impasse over contract negotiations earlier this week.

WLRN

Talking to children and teens about trauma varies by age level. 

There are still resources available for those in South Florida affected by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who may be having a hard time - especially around the holidays.

Nikolas Cruz
The Sun Sentinel via press pool / WLRN

The confessed Parkland shooter was in a Broward County courtroom Tuesday for a hearing. 

 

FDOT
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Florida's Department of Transportation announced Thursday an immediate directive for more rail safety measures across the state as well as a new education initiative about rail safety called Operation STRIDE. 

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