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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Google Maps showing George English Park in Fort Lauderdale
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale's troublesome, aging sewage system just got a major update, according to a new city report. 

 

A 30-inch force main--a main support sewage line--that runs underneath SW 2nd St. started to repeatedly break near the end of 2016. So, the Public Works Department's Go Big, Go Fast campaign started with an emergency declaration to replace the pipe at the end of September this year. 

rows of public records
Wikipedia Commons / WLRN

Broward Health operates five public hospitals that serve the majority of people living in central and northern Broward County. This week, five of the agency’s board members were indicted on charges of violating Florida’s open government law, also known as the Sunshine Law. 

The charges could affect the health system’s national search for a new CEO.

 

When the grand jury indictments came down, the board was in the middle of a national search for a new CEO of the health system. 

Broward Health Medical Center building
Broward Health Medical Center / WLRN

Top officials on the Broward Health System’s board have been indicted on counts of violating Florida’s open government law. 

 

Florida’s Sunshine Law, a series of laws put in place to guarantee the public's access to governmental records,  includes an open meetings rule: Public boards have to conduct their business in public and notify people before they do. 

Black violin performing with elementary students
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The performance artists Kev Marcus and Will B were once two high schoolers in Fort Lauderdale who liked to play violin together. Now,they make up  the successful performance group Black Violin. 

The duo came to Bethune Elementary School Tuesday to adopt the school through the national Turnaround Arts program. 

 

Nan Rich at a podium
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

In 2016 alone, The Broward County Housing Council counted more than 2,300 homeless people living inside county lines. 

So, the civic and business group Tower Forum, in Fort Lauderdale, hosted a panel for local business people to get a glimpse into what’s being done at the county level to solve homelessness, especially in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. 

Students of six Broward County public schools got a taste of what it takes to have a successful career in technology in South Florida on Wednesday when members of Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and the South Florida TechGateway program hosted a "TechGateway Day."

The event was part of National Computer Science Education Week and brought technologists from companies headquartered in Broward County to local middle and high schools to discuss their professional paths. 

 

fire rescue boat
Fort Lauderdale Fire Department / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale is upping its fire rescue game. Last Friday the city christened  Fireboat 49, a high tech response boat for the fire rescue team.

 

 

Fireboat 49 is replacing a much smaller vessel that the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department was using to respond to fires and rescue missions on the water. That could be anything from looking for something or someone underwater to helping out a cruise ship. 

woman hooked up to sleep study wires
Nova Southeastern University / WLRN

Nova Southeastern University is home to a leading research practice for chronic fatigue syndrome. The condition’s full name is myalgic encephalomyelitis, but it’s abbreviated to ME/CFS. The chronic immune illness causes brain and muscle inflammation. 

 

woman holding pom poms
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Mazie Ford is Broward County’s only verified supercentenarian. That’s someone who’s over 110 years old, and Ford is almost 111.5.

 

woman standing with red necklace
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The Urban League of Broward County has partnered with national investment bank Morgan Stanley to create a better way for minority-owned businesses in the county to get the resources they need to grow. 

The two organizations announced the creation of what’s called a 'capital access fund,' a pool of money that minority-owned businesses can use as small business loans. 

 

man is sworn in to mayor office.
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Beam Furr is the new mayor of Broward County.  

He was greeted with a standing ovation in the commission chambers in downtown Fort Lauderdale Tuesday morning.

He previously served as vice mayor under former Mayor Barbara Sharief. He also was a Hollywood city commissioner for 12 years. Before entering public service, he was a schoolteacher for 26 years. 

Furr also introduced the first ordinance to ban fracking in Broward County. 

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Deerfield Beach is following Miami Beach's lead in prohibiting plastic foam containers, like Styrofoam, on the sand.

Deerfield Beach officials banned polystyrene containers, like coffee cups and coolers, from all city events starting October 1. Even vendors can’t use the material, which isn’t biodegradable and often ends up in the ocean.

A Woman's Place In Cuba's Boxing Ring

Jun 30, 2017
Jordyn Heck / University of Florida

HAVANA – The fading yellow-green walls are chipping, and someone’s rooster crows loud enough to be heard over the whistles and punches.

The Gimnasio de Boxeo Rafael Trejo in Havana, Cuba, has tall buildings on either side which frame the outdoor practice facility. 

Katherine Lepri / WLRN

If you tried calling the main public library in Downtown Miami Saturday night, instead of a regular greeting you heard: “Hogwarts Library, Dumbledore speaking”.

 

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The Republican National Convention is well underway in Cleveland this week – and the Florida delegation is ready to bring some of the sunshine state to the Buckeye state.

Thuy  Lowe is one of the 96 alternate delegates for Florida. She’s running for congress for district 10 in central Florida, but says one of the things she’s most passionate about at the convention is recognizing Puerto Rico.

 

“When you talk about Florida and Puerto Rico, we have history together.”

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