Caitie Switalski


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

South Side Cultural Arts Center
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

It took a few hurricanes, some delays, and more than 14 years of volunteer work to turn what used to be South Side Elementary School into the new South Side Cultural Arts Center.

student asks engineer questions on Celebrity Silhouette.
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Some Miami-Dade high schools are trying a new way to get kids ready for life after graduation: getting them to see first-hand job opportunities that aren't usually presented at job fairs. 

That's how top students from 16 different Miami-Dade high schools got to board the Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship on Friday and explore career opportunities in the cruising industry. 

“It’s huge!,”  said Booker T. Washington senior Kiona Collins when she first walked on deck .

After graduation, one of the things she’s considering is becoming a cruise ship dancer.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

  South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is one of a few lawmakers who are bringing Dreamers as their special guests to Tuesday’s State of the Union Address. 


In the U.S. there are 1.8 million Dreamers, otherwise known as recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration status. It was last year that President Donald Trump made known he would not be renewing the program, which would affect an estimated 800,000 of these Dreamers. 

Pallavi and Kiran C. Patel
Nova Southeastern University / WLRN

Nova Southeastern University held it’s 20th annual Celebration of Excellence Ceremony Saturday night. But this year, the two guests of honor - and the first Indian Americans to have a U.S. medical school named after them - have made NSU history. 

The husband and wife duo from Tampa, Drs. Kiran C. Patel and Pallavi Patel, announced an expansion of a donation totaling $225 million. This makes them the largest contributors in the university’s history.


Joy Cooper Hallandale Beach
Miami Herald File Photo Circa 2007 / WLRN

Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper has been arrested and charged with three third-degree felonies including money laundering, official misconduct and exceeding the limit on campaign financial contributions.

Cooper's arrest on Thursday came after an undercover investigation by the FBI, according to a statement from the Broward County State Attorney's Office.

Cooper has been Hallandale Beach’s mayor since 2005. She is the city's first elected mayor.

Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
Wally Gobetz via Flickr / WLRN

Sewage has been spilling into Fort Lauderdale’s streets, neighborhoods and waterways for more than three years now. Millions of gallons of waste on the roads and in canals are the product of old sewage pipes and cracked infrastructure. 

But at a regular City Commission meeting Tuesday, commissioners agreed to borrow $200 million  to start updating the areas with the worst pipes. 


The vote was 4-1, and it was commissioner, and mayoral candidate, Dean Trantalis who voted not to borrow the money.

opioid crisis
Franieleon via Flickr / WLRN

The Fort Lauderdale City Commission is set to hold a special meeting Tuesday at noon at City Hall to discuss legal options on how to deal with the ongoing opioids crisis.

During the meeting, which is open to the public, five law firms will present their advice on how they think the city should legally handle the opioid crisis.

Discussion is expected to include hot topics ranging from overdoses to access to drugs, and what legal issues are at stake if the city enforces new ordinances going forward.

Neal Asbury stands in front of first maps of Florida at NSU exhibit.
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

There are plenty of ways to learn more about early American history: books, movies, podcasts. And for those that love maps,  Nova Southeastern University’s main library has a treasure trove of old maps telling hundreds of years’ worth of history.


Mayor of Pompano Beach greets resident
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

City officials beat their chests with pride but also listed some problems to focus on in the coming year in Pompano Beach during Thursday’s State of the City address. 


Pompano Beach’s Mayor Lamar Fisher highlighted zoning projects along the city’s eastern corridor and the revitalization of the city’s old town area during his presentation. However, he said it was the redevelopment of the beach pier and more tourism that had him filled with pride.

vote here sign
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

All of Tuesday’s votes are in and counted and  Fort Lauderdale is one step closer to having a new mayor. 


girl holds sign in YMCA on MLK Day
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day is the only federal holiday that calls for a “day ON, not OFF”. Businesses may close, but it’s considered a day of service. At the Greater Hollywood YMCA, more than 125 people came to donate their time.


uber screen
Uber / WLRN

The ride-sharing company, Uber, has found itself at the center of controversy again. 

The Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal ordered the company on Wednesday to divulge records it had tried to shield from the public about its relationship with the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the Sun Sentinel first reported.  

fish swimming
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Underwater web camera lovers, rejoice.


Deerfield Beach has been playing four months of highlight reels on its underwater webcam. Hurricane Irma damaged the main cable. But now that cable is repaired, and the live webcam stream is back on.

woman sitting in Fort Lauderdale City Hall.
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale’s City Hall was packed Tuesday night. All of the candidates running to be the next city commissioners and mayor of the city faced questions from Sun Sentinel political reporter, and the debate's moderator, Brittany Wallman. 

The debate was held four parts. The three mayoral candidates went first, followed by separate debates for city commission candidates running for districts two, three and four.