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.

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Tony Lima was one of 30 Broward County residents at Tuesday’s commission meeting. The executive director of SAVE, he spoke against conversion therapy for minors – the controversial practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

“We need to be able to as a county send a strong message that we are inclusive, that we are loving, that we are protective of their authentic selves – above all,” Lima said.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN


Saturday Jan. 6 marked one year since five people were shot and killed by a gunman inside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz filed an airport safety bill in Congress Monday to mark the anniversary. It’s been co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch. Late Monday afternoon Rep. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart also signed on as a co-sponsor. 


people running on airport tarmac
David Santiago / Miami Herald

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of a gunman opening fire inside the baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, or FLL. 

three candidates in debate
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The race to be the next mayor of Fort Lauderdale is on. The three candidates for the position debated at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Thursday night. 

Questions for Bruce Roberts, Charlotte Rodstrom and Dean Trantalis came from a panel of journalists and Sun Sentinel readers, and mainly focused on the city’s infrastructure and sewer issues.

women standing with signs to end gun shows
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The debate over a long-running gun show in Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park has carried over into the new year. 

christmas tree on curb
Ann Oro/Flickr / WLRN

The holidays are coming to a close, and most people have begun to set their browning Christmas trees on the curb for bulk rate pick up service. 

But Broward County’s park managers want them.  


aerial view delray beach
Wikimedia / WLRN

Delray Beach’s city commission is getting a shake-up in the new year.

large bird lantern
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A Chinese Lantern Festival that’s been traveling around the U.S. and Canada has come to Broward County for the holidays, showcasing traditional Chinese music, Kung Fu and dance, as well as hundreds of traditional hand-made lanterns that light up the night.  


If you walk into Central Broward Regional Park, next to the soccer players practicing in the stadium there’s a gate that glows yellow, pink, red and green. It’s made entirely out of lanterns. 

It leads to a garden of more than 800 handmade Chinese lanterns. 

Miami Herald

It’s that time of year when manatees start to take ‘snowbird’ vacations and become South Floridians for the winter months.  

Dr. Brenda Snipes getting sworn in
Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office / WLRN

The 2016 Democratic primary election in Broward County may have passed without any technical glitches, but one candidate maintains a federal law was broken after the fact.

Democratic candidate Tim Canova ran against Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her congressional seat, which covers portions of Broward and Miami-Dade counties on Aug. 30, 2016. 

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
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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.