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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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WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about the Legislature's budget planning, their rejection of an aid in dying bill, and their upcoming work on a massive criminal justice reform bill.

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More than a week after the mass shootings at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the nation is still reeling from the deaths of 17 students and teachers. Once again there have been calls for gun control legislation, as this time teens nationwide rally in support of school safety. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass., about gun control and asked him: Does he think this time will be different?

The state’s Republican Party took an unusual stance this week and essentially endorsed Governor Charlie Baker over a would-be challenger ahead of the primary. Normally the party takes a neutral stance on candidates in the interest of holding a fair primary. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter Mike Deehan about why the GOP changed its mind.

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Feb 21, 2018

On The Point, we talk about the practice of non-violent communication, and why the words we choose make a real difference.  There are a number of issues dividing our nation, and much of the dialogue around those issues serves to divide us even further.

Opioid addiction and overdose are national public health emergencies that touch people from every walk of life. On the point, we discuss the diverse and evolving array of drugs that are now driving the addiction crisis, and some of the next steps we must take to prevent more people from becoming addicted and dying.

We talk about what contributed to the start of the epidemic, and if changes to opioid prescribing guidelines have had an impact.

Former state Senate President Stan Rosenberg will not return as president of the state senate this year.

The Senate yesterday moved to keep acting Senate President Harriet Chandler in the job through the end of this year.

Rosenberg stepped down temporarily last year, amid accusations of sexual misconduct leveled against his now-estranged husband, Brian Hefner. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more about the Senate's move to oust Rosenberg, and what comes next.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan. This week, Deehan talks about Governor Charlie Baker's testimony in support of his latest bill to combat the opioid epidemic. 

WCAI Morning Edition Co-host Kathryn Eident talks with Statehouse Reporter Mike Deehan about the latest happenings on Beacon Hill.

This week, they discuss a possible new FBI probe into allegations former State Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband, Bryon Hefner, tried to use his political influence in exchange for sex with several men.

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Three-quarters of Americans over age 45 live in single-family homes, according to AARP. As homeowners age though, it can become increasingly difficult for them to remain in their homes safely. In recent years, a growing number of people have begun retrofitting their homes with new safety features and technology to help them live in their homes longer.

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Age 65 used to be the golden age to retire. But as guaranteed pensions dwindle and life expectancy grows, more people are working well beyond their 60s. The result is changing what it means to retire.

The first installment of our series, “The Changing Face of Aging: Challenges and Opportunities,” introduces us to two mature workers who hope to bring home a paycheck for years to come.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan for an update on what’s happening on Beacon Hill. This week, Mike talks about the fallout after several men accuse State Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband of sexual assault, and a new report that's critical of the state's Department of Children and Families. 

State lawmakers wrapped up their session Wednesday before breaking for the holidays. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan about what they got done, and what to look for in 2018.

The state Senate passed a sweeping health care bill late Thursday night aimed at curbing costs for the state and healthcare consumers.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more about details of the bill and what happens next. 

After weeks of debate, Massachusetts legislators finally passed a supplemental budget bill to formally close out fiscal year 2017. The bill included a ban on bump stocks, the attachment that increases the firing capability of a semi-automatic weapon. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter Mike Deehan to learn more. 

The Massachusetts Senate passed its version of a criminal justice reform bill on a vote of 27-10 early Friday morning, after 14 hours of debate. 

The legislation would, among other things, repeal mandatory minimum prison sentences for several drug-dealing crimes, legalize sex between young teens close in age and raise the age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 19 which would be the highest in the nation. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with station State House reporter Mike Deehan for more details on this sweeping piece of legislation. 

  

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Another North Atlantic Right Whale has been found dead off the coast of Cape Cod. A boater found the whale carcass Monday on Nashawena Island, part of the Elizabeth Islands off Woods Hole. It's the 16th North Atlantic Right Whale to be discovered dead so far this year. 

WCAI State House reporter Mike Deehan joins Kathryn Eident for an update on what’s happening on Beacon Hill. This week, Mike talks about what lawmakers might address in the last few weeks before they recess for the year.

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Tropical Storm Jose drew nearer to the Cape and Islands on Wednesday, bringing with it periods of heavy rain, blustery winds and a one- to three-foot storm surge in some areas.  The National Weather Service said the storm would also cause significant beach erosion around the region possibly into Saturday, as the storm system hovered more than 100 miles offshore.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checked in with Science Correspondent Dr. Heather Goldstone to learn more.

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Hundreds of people from across the country are volunteering to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. But not all the volunteers go to the disaster zone physically—some work from afar.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Martha's Vineyard resident Deborah Medders, a licensed mental health worker who volunteers with the Red Cross call center.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan each week about the latest happenings on Beacon Hill.

This week, they talk about the state's new Cannabis Control Commission chairman, and hear what Governor Charlie Baker had to say when he testified before a U.S. Senate committee in Washington D.C.

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Our attention these past few days has begun to focus on Hurricane Irma and its impacts, but hundreds of volunteers are still working in Texas to help victims from Hurricane Harvey.

Retired Reverend Fred Meade is one of those volunteers. The Falmouth resident been in San Antonio for more than 10 days, working as a spiritual care leader for people still in Red Cross shelters. WCAI's Kathryn Eident spoke with him by phone to hear how things are going.

Things look like they are about to heat up in the State Legislature, as Lawmakers prepare for the second half of their two-year session. WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House Reporter Mike Deehan to learn more.

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Several volunteers from the Cape are among scores of Red Cross volunteers who are traveling to Texas this week to help residents stranded by the weekend storm and flooding. They come from Bourne, Falmouth and Chatham.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Cape and Islands' Red Cross chapter director Hilary Greene about how they're getting there, what they'll be doing, and how long they might be in Texas.

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WCAI's Kathryn Eident hosts a roundup of the week's news.  Her guests: Sean Driscoll from the Cape Cod Times; Josh Balling from the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Andy Tomolonis from the New Bedford Standard Times; Ann Wood from the Provincetown Banner; Sarah Brown from the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood from the Cape Cod Chronicle; and George Brennan from the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Thousands of counter-protesters are expected in Boston Common Saturday to protest a so-called Free Speech Rally.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan about what is being planned, and how police are responding.

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