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Kathryn Eident

Morning Edition Host & Senior Producer of News

Kathryn Eident is an award-winning journalist and hosts WCAI's Morning Edition. She began producing stories for WCAI in 2008 as a Boston University graduate student reporting from the Statehouse. Since then, Kathryn’s work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Cape Cod Times, Studio 360, Scientific American, and Cape and Plymouth Business Magazine.

She also worked in commercial radio, first as a reporter, then news director, at Cape Cod Broadcasting, four commercial radio stations in Hyannis. In between, Kathryn spent several years sailing as a deckhand and mess attendant on Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution research ships, and has written for the Institution’s magazine, Oceanus.

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Beacon Hill is taking on the big task of figuring out how to legalize sports gambling. WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about how state lawmakers plan to do that, and what challenges they face in enacting the necessary laws.

Boating season is getting underway across our region, and eager captains are peeling hundreds of yards of shrink wrap off their boats. Unfortunately, most of that plastic is getting thrown into the landfill. But boat shrink wrap can be recycled – even reused. 

The State Senate is shaping up their version of the next fiscal year's budget. WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House Reporter Mike Deehan for an update on the negotiations.

Lawmakers are airing hundreds of bills this week in public hearings at the State House, but not everything that eventually becomes law gets the full public treatment. That includes one having to do with chickens.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter Mike Deehan to learn more.

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Ever take a close look inside your fridge? That might be a scary prospect. But, what’s in there? A half-empty pickle jar? A few bottles of beer? Until last year, that glass inside your fridge was destined to come back as another container—as long as you recycled or redeemed it.


Each summer a range of writers, artists, speakers and thinkers takes the stage at the historic Hawthorne Barn in Provincetown in a series known as Twenty Summers.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Josh Prager, one of the co-founders of Twenty summers, about this year's upcoming series and the storied history of the Hawthorne Barn. 

House lawmakers are turning their attention back to policy, after hashing out the budget last week. WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan for a recap on the budget talks, plus a look at some controversial bills lawmakers discussed this week. 

The state House of Representatives released its budget plan for the coming fiscal year, and it's the first budget written by new Ways and Means Chairman Aaron Michlewitz.

WCAI State house reporter Mike Deehan sat down with Michlewitz, then joined Morning Edition host Kathryn Eident live in WCAI's Woods Hole studio Thursday to talk a little bit more about how Michlewitz put together this $42.7 billion dollar package.

State House Speaker Robert DeLeo unveiled his chamber’s version of next fiscal year’s budget this week. There are no big tax hikes—yet—and the budget is even slightly lower than what Governor Charlie Baker has proposed. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more.

Marijuana has become a big business in the state since voters legalized the drug in 2016. More than a dozen shops are open across Massachusetts, with new shops on the way, including on the Cape, Islands and SouthCoast.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about how marijuana shops are dealing with state tax collectors.


In celebration of Women’s History Month, our Books Program on The Point is dedicated to literature related to women and their history. Kellie Porter and Jill Erickson, of Woods Hole Library and Falmouth Public Library respectively, join us in The Point studio to discuss the abundant choices available for readers. Kathryn Eident hosts.


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WCAI's Kathryn Eident hosts a panel of journalists looking at some of the week's top local news stories.  Her guests include Ethan Genter from the Cape Cod Times, George Brennan from the Martha's Vineyard Times, Tim Wood from the Cape Cod Chronicle, Josh Balling from the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, and Ed Miller from the Provincetown Banner.


Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is no longer one of the worst performing power plants in the country. The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission moved the Plymouth-based plant from its Column 4 designation—which requires the most federal oversight— to Column 1, which would require the least amount of oversight.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Reporter Sarah Mizes-Tan about what this means for the plant, and for its impending shutdown in May. 


Residents across the state are getting fed up with congested, crumbling roads and bridges, and the pressure is on Beacon Hill to do something about it.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan about Senate President Karen Spilka's plan to tackle infrastructure issues.

Talk of money loomed large on Beacon Hill this week, with state lawmakers making provisions in case the federal government shuts down again, and tackling the proposed $41 billion state budget for the next fiscal year.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with State House Reporter Mike Deehan to learn more.


A new crime analyst is spending his first days on the job at the New Bedford Police headquarters. Dr. Michael Sloan will be creating new ways to capture information officers gather each day, then look for trends and other markers officers can use to be more proactive.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro about why he created the position, and what he hopes Sloan can do for officers patrolling city streets.    

Top political positions, like Chair of the State House Ways and Means Committee, are still unfilled, more than a month into the current legislative session. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan about this, and other items on the Beacon Hill agenda. 

Winter Food

Feb 5, 2019
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What gets you inspired to cook or bake this time of year? What locally grown or produced ingredients are you incorporating into your meals? Join the conversation with Local Food Report co-hosts Elspeth Hay and Ali Berlow to talk all things winter food. We ask listeners for favorite winter recipes, and  ideas of what foods we should be trying in the coming months.


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Lawmakers from Massachusetts and seven other states announced they would be filing legislation this month to ban offshore drilling for gas and oil off their coastlines. The bills are in response to President Donald Trump's announcement he would allow offshore drilling along the Eastern Seaboard.

Beacon Hill's work year began this week when Democratic leaders from the House and the Senate met with Governor Charlie Baker to discuss the agenda for the coming months. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House Reporter Mike Deehan to learn more. 

Lawmakers are back in formal sessions, starting with inauguration ceremonies at the State House this week.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan for the highlights. 

A shakeup in Governor Charlie Baker's cabinet made headlines this week.  WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more about this, and look back on state political news in 2018.


The latest round of UN climate talks wrapped up last week, with delegates agreeing to parameters for the agreement hashed out in Paris in 2015, but disagreeing on how to handle new information released this year by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

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Some local food pantries and nonprofits have been reporting an increase in need this year, especially from families with young kids. High housing and utility costs are just a few of the reasons some young families struggle.

Beacon Hill is preparing for a new legislative session in January. There is still work that could get done, though, before the New Year if Democrats decide a few issues have waited long enough. WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more.