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

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. 


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”.



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.”

Matt Rourke / Associated Press

The Florida delegates, all 99 of them and their 96 alternates, are staying in Independence Ohio,  just outside of Cleveland. The convention for them began with breakfast with political speaker Frank Lutz at their hotel,  The Embassy Suites.

That’s also the hotel where Magaly Lockhart is staying. Not a delegate and not an alternate, Lockhart came simply to be a spectator.

She’s from the Dominican Republic and moved to Tampa. She says, after surrounding herself with Hispanic family and friends back home, Cleveland offers the chance to meet other groups of people.