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.

Ways to Connect

voter registration drive
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

It’s been just over two weeks since the shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. 

But on Friday afternoon, a handful of Cypress Bay high schoolers came to Weston Regional Park wearing maroon ribbons to show support for Douglas students...and to get registered to vote. 

Veronica Carbonell, a 17-year-old senior at Cypress Bay, was one of the students who registered at the event. 

Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills
Charles Trainor Jr. Miami Herald / WLRN

Hurricane Irma may have slammed across South Florida almost six months ago, but some are still feeling the effects of the storm.  

 

broward county sheriff's deputy
Leslie Ovalle / WLRN

Therapy horses and puppies, as well as law enforcement officers and members of the community, gathered around Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday morning to welcome students on their first day back since the shooting that killed 17 students and faculty two weeks earlier.

“Welcome back. How are you feeling?” Deputy Bernard Hilson asked, as he hugged students before they crossed the street to enter the school.

Students responded that they felt better and thanked him for being there.

Covenant Village residents, family
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Before the chaos unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School two weeks ago, residents at Covenant Village Senior Living Center got a special Valentine’s Day performance from Fort Lauderdale’s Calvary Christian Academy school. 

As February draws to a close, we still wanted to bring you this story of one Broward community’s volunteering, hope and love.

Rep. Ted Deutch in Parkland
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School aren't the only ones mobilizing for change after the mass shooting that left 17 students and faculty dead on the school grounds. 

 

Patriot Riders
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The South Florida community said goodbye to another beloved faculty member who died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14. 

 

Stoneman Shooting Survivors
Leslie Ovalle / WLRN

 

Students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School vowed to make sure that their 17 classmates and teachers did not die in vain. 

 

As the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting are being remembered across South Florida this week, hundreds from the Parkland community came to remember 14-year-old Jaime Guttenberg on Sunday, as well as 15 year-old Luke Hoyer and 14-year old Alaina Petty on Monday morning. 

 

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Three days after 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland were killed in the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, a Miami gun show went on as planned. 

 

Florida Gun Show puts on gun shows throughout the year across the state. 

Caitlin Switalski

Broward County school board members  say schools and churches need to pay more attention to the mental health needs of children. 

School Board Members Robin Bartleman and Rosalind Osgood held each other and cried underneath the Sawgrass Expressway after  a press conference Thursday in which the Broward Sheriff's Office gave updates on the massacre that killed 17 and injured 14 at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.

Bartleman said the demands on guidance counselors and social workers in schools is “astronomical.”

jail hand
Sakhorn38 creative commons / WLRN

Broward County commissioners have approved a new program that aims to keep adults accused of non-violent misdemeanor crimes out of jail by giving them civil citations and coursework instead.

B.B. King
Wikimedia / WLRN

The Hollywood Historical Society hosts a lecture series almost every month. But for Black History Month, the organization is turning the event over to a young Broward filmmaker, Emmanuel George. 

map of Fort Lauderdale with light
Hazen Team/City of Fort Lauderdale / WLRN

The city of Fort Lauderdale released a long-awaited study Thursday about the status of its stormwater and drainage systems.

In an update to the city's Stormwater Master Plan, Hazen and Sawyer P.C., the company that won the contract to manage the master plan, laid out recommendations for fixing pipes in the city's seven high-priority neighborhoods: Progresso Village, Victoria Park, Dorsey Riverbend, Southeast Isles, River Oaks, Edgewood and Durrs.

 

wave streetcar project
wavestreetcar.com / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale’s City Commission is officially on-board with the Wave streetcar project again. 

Commissioners voted 3-2 at the regular commission meeting on Tuesday to officially move forward with the 2.8-mile-long streetcar loop and to consider new bids for the project. 

 

Dean Trantalis and Bruce Roberts, both running to be the city’s next mayor, were the commissioners who voted no. 

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