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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FPL
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Just as the company says it’s hardening the power grid against future hurricanes, Florida Power & Light is also making some of its service centers more resilient against storm damages. 

Food For Thought Fort Lauderdale
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale residents who wanted to sit down with city officials to talk about issues like traffic got the chance Wednesday evening.  

The Neighborhood Leadership Academy hosted ‘Food For Thought,’ a free dinner for residents and city staff, held at The Hub in the Mass District. 

More than 80 residents from neighborhoods across Fort Lauderdale shared food and a community brainstorming session. The theme was transportation. The inspiration for a civic dinner came from a similar city program in Atlanta. 

Stranahan Park Homeless Camp
Robin Martin / WLRN

Ten people who are homeless and have been suing the City of Fort Lauderdale  for the past year, have reached a settlement with the city.

In Fort Lauderdale City Hall,  city commissioners voted Tuesday night in favor of settling the lawsuit for a total of $82,020 dollars. 

That money is expected to be paid out to 10 of Fort Lauderdale’s homeless, which will be divided up between each of the plaintiffs, and attorney's fees and costs.

Fort Lauderdale Airport
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport / WLRN

Workers from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Orlando International Airport met ahead of Monday night’s Democratic gubernatorial debate to share their struggles with low wages and talk about strategies to increase it.

The groups held a private meeting before the debate, which was facilitated by the workers' union 32BJ SEIU, and then attended together the so-called Florida Freedom Forum with Democratic candidates to push for a living wage increase.  

MSD Public Safety Commission
Riane Roldan / WLRN

During the first five minutes of the state's second Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission meeting, the chair of the group, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, read a letter from Andrew Pollack, announcing his resignation from the commission. 


Dr. Rosalind Osgood
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

After nearly 19 years of legal wrangling and funding battles, Broward County’s Addiction And Recovery Center, BARC, has moved to its new building in Fort Lauderdale. 

The more than $22 million, state-of-the-art facility officially opened Wednesday, though services won’t be available to patients until the end of the month or early July.

Rocky Rodriguez has served on the Broward County Substance Abuse Advisory Board for the last 34 years. He regrets how long the project took to complete.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Parents
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

High school graduation is a moment of reflection and anticipation - the recognition of accomplishments and capability. It also looks ahead to possibilities for the future.

Graduation day on Sunday for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Eagles was unlike any other in the nation. Just three-and-a-half months ago a mass shooter killed 17 people in the school, including four in the senior class: Nicholas Dworet, Meadow Pollack, Joaquin Oliver and Carmen Schentrup. 

Hurricane preparedness Sistrunk
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Some people came because memories of last year’s Hurricane Irma made them laugh. Some people came because memories of Hurricane Irma made them cringe. But the more than 200 people that came to Broward County's open house for hurricane preparedness in Fort Lauderdale's Sistrunk neighborhood on Saturday were all trying to make summer storm plans. 

 

“Got some hand sanitizer, flashlights, first-aid kit…” Brian Bush said, as he dumped out his ‘Get A Plan!’ bag full of hurricane supplies. 

hurricane supplies
C.M. GUERRERO / Miami Herald

In the days after Hurricane Irma swept through South Florida last September, knocking out power across the region, 14 patients at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died from sweltering conditions. Twelve of those deaths were ruled homicides by the state. 

On Thursday morning, one day before the official start of a new hurricane season, South Florida seniors spoke to local emergency management officials and lawmakers about how to better prepare.

Lauderhill crane
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A construction crane that fell on two Lauderhill homes Wednesday was being used by Florida Power and Light to replace power lines.

Now it’s left an estimated 53 homes without power or water. 

Museum of Discovery and Science
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward County has the most same-sex couples of anywhere in Florida, and it’s rated as a top 20 LGBTQ vacation destination. 

Andrew Pollack
Associated Press / WLRN

In response to a lawsuit filed by the father of a victim of the Parkland school shooting, Broward County’s largest mental health services provider has denied accusations that it mistreated confessed-shooter Nikolas Cruz. 

Andrew Pollack, father of Meadow Pollack, filed a lawsuit in April accusing Henderson Behavioral Health and seven other defendants of negligence in the death of his daughter. 

 

Supervisor of Elections 2018
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The words “Russian hacking” were never uttered, but an official from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that the 2016 presidential election played a big role in elevating the importance of cybersecurity for state and national elections. 

March for our lives parkland
Leslie Ovalle / WLRN

South Florida filmmaker Gina Onori has paired up with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to make a film about their anti-gun violence movement following February’s mass shooting. 

The film, called WE ARE THE CHANGE, follows Stoneman Douglas students before, during, and after the March For Our Lives rally in Washington D.C. two months ago. It even captures the students in legislative meetings.

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