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Jennette Barnes


Jennette Barnes is a reporter and producer. She feels grateful every day to see life through the eyes of people who share their stories.

Named a Master Reporter by the New England Society of News Editors, she brings more than 20 years of news experience to WCAI. She wrote for The Boston Globe for five years and twice worked at The Standard-Times of New Bedford, where she began as a reporter, rose to the position of editorial page editor, and later returned to write long-form projects.

Jennette got her start in journalism chasing politicians as a member of the New York State Capitol press corps, and then landed in Rhode Island, where she learned the art of community news at The Warwick Beacon.

Her work has received numerous New England journalism awards.

A series she pitched for The Standard-Times on Portuguese-American culture became the book A Nossa Vida: The Portuguese Experience in America. She loves learning about cultural heritage of all kinds, especially if it involves a bakery.

She is a mom, a kayaker, and a serious public television fan.

Ways to Connect

A COVID-19 testing site opened on the South Coast this week. As with other testing locations, it’s a drive-through site staffed by nurses in full protective gear.

The whole “no school” thing is wearing thin, even for kids. To help maintain their connections with teachers and classmates, Provincetown is offering daily video conferencing.

L. Lerner

Cape Cod Healthcare says it could run out of at least one type of personal protective equipment in as little as eight days if no replenishment arrives.

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Volunteers on Nantucket and around the region are breaking out the sewing machines to stitch masks for local health care workers.

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A nurse at Cape Cod Hospital says hospital employees are being asked to reuse N95 masks.

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The Falmouth Public Schools distributed Chromebooks and packets of homework Friday to students in Grades 3 through 5 to help them learn at home during the COVID-19 closure.

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New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell says a Freetown resident has tested positive for coronavirus, the first confirmed case in Greater New Bedford. In addition, two New Bedford residents are under self-quarantine.

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The largest hospital group on the South Coast hopes to open a drive-through testing site for coronavirus as soon as possible—maybe even Thursday.

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As coronavirus testing began at a drive-through site at Cape Cod Community College, it was a slow start on a rainy morning, with only one car arriving during a 90-minute period.

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Nips. The miniature bottles can be a convenient way to buy a single serving of spirits. But some Cape Cod towns are joining a growing conversation about nip litter — and what all those bottles on the ground say about public health.

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Robert Hiller, the Rochester man who fell into a coma after contracting Eastern equine encephalitis last summer, finally came home Tuesday.  

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Court was in session Sunday for the regional-level competition of the high school Mock Trial Program. Cape Cod Academy's team was undefeated heading into the tournament, where it represented Cape Cod.

Christina Gracia

The city of New Bedford has reached a half-million-dollar settlement with the family of a teen who was killed during a police altercation in 2012. Fifteen-year-old Malcolm Gracia was shot and killed after police say he pulled a knife on an officer. A judge later said police stopped Gracia illegally.