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Sam Houghton

Associate Producer, Morning Edition / Reporter

Sam Houghton has been with the station since the summer of 2017. You might have recognized his voice as the host on Saturday's Weekend Edition. Sam grew up in Woods Hole before moving to New York City for a brief period to pursue journalism. He came back to the Cape when he got a job at his hometown newspaper, the Falmouth Enterprise where he covered local politics. Aside from his career in news, Sam plays bass for a revolving cast of rock bands, enjoys pickup basketball and rides the occasional wave in Rhode Island, and he just started a pollinator garden. 

Jeremy Driesen

The first coronavirus vaccines landing on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket were given to health care workers Thursday morning.

Emergency room physician assistant Maria Carey at Nantucket Cottage Hospital was the first on Nantucket to get the shot. She spoke to CAI moments after getting vaccinated.

On a sunny day in October, an excavator is digging into a layer of sand and cranberry plants along the Child’s River, near the border of Falmouth and Mashpee. Tree stumps are scattered about, and channels of water are diverted around up-turned dirt piles.

"Sometimes mother nature needs a helping hand, and that’s what we’re doing here,” said Gary Anderson, surveying a scene that resembled a construction site. 

Mattacheese Middle School website

It's been a year unlike any other for teachers during the pandemic.

They've had to hold remote classes while teaching students in-person at the same time; they've had to step into school buildings with the threat of the virus, wearing masks and getting their students to wear masks; and they've had to navigate new lesson plans.

The Chairman of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Cedric Cromwell, was arrested Friday morning by the FBI on charges of bribery and extortion.


A earthquake that hit Buzzards Bay Sunday morning is one of the strongest in decades to strike the area.

Initial reports put the earthquake at a 4.2 which was downgraded to a 3.6.

Liz Lerner

Halloween is just a few days away, and no matter how you celebrate, it will be unlike any Halloween we’ve ever seen.

Some people, like residents in a popular trick or treating neighborhood in Vineyard Haven, or the organizers of an annual trunk or treat event at the Cape Cod Church in Falmouth, have decided they won’t hand out candy this year.

The number of cases of coronavirus on Nantucket has slowed over the last week, but health officials are still keeping a close watch on daily tests.  

The island has suffered from two surges since early September, one related to the trades, and the most recent related to a potluck gathering at a local church.   

Kara Dodge, NMFS Permit #15672

Endangered marine life off the New England coast will get some help, thanks to grants recently awarded by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.

Among some of the local awards, the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium received $40,000 for a program to tag leatherback turtles that have been entangled in ropes and other fishing gear off the Massachusetts coast.

Mary Bergman

Portuguese men o' war have been showing up in unusually high numbers recently on the north side of Nantucket and the South Side of Martha's Vineyard.

Jennette Barnes

Polls were quiet around the region yesterday, but turnout was heavy for a state primary thanks in large part to mail-in voting.

Brian Morris

School reopening plans, Native American school mascots, and events to mark the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing in Provincetown cancelled due to the pandemic.  Those stories and more topping the Local News Roundup.  WCAI's Sam Houghton hosts.  His guests include: WCAI reporters Jennette Barnes and Eve Zuckoff; Noah Asimow from the Vineyard Gazette; Jessica Hill at the Cape Cod Times; George Brennan at the Martha's Vineyard Times; Tim Wood at the Cape Cod Chronicle; KC Myers at the Provincetown Independent; and Josh Balling at the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror.

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The Mashpee Police Department will become one of only a few police stations across the state to use body cameras when it begins a pilot program next month.

Ten Mashpee police officers will wear the cameras as a way to increase transparency.

Barnstable High School

The Barnstable High School Red Raiders are no longer.


Facing pressure from local Native American tribes, students, and administrators, the Barnstable School Committee voted 3 - 0 to retire the Indian mascot Wednesday evening. 

Mashpee Police Department

The Mashpee Police Department is the first on the Cape to announce a new plan for police officers to wear body cameras.

Buy Back New Bedford

Many communities and activists trying to harness the momentum that has come from the protests that erupted after the death of George Floyd and other African-Americans in police custody.

One response has been a movement to support Black-owned businesses.

Sam Houghton

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a non-profit research organization out of Chatham, announced a number of new initiatives this week aimed at better understanding sharks that visit every summer.

Kathryn Eident

A top official in the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe says the federal government should pay damages for not only failing to defend the tribe, but for trying to take away its land in Mashpee and Taunton.

Liz Lerner

A lot of locals have a little more free time on their hands because of the coronavirus, and with the nice weather, many are turning to the outdoors.

Liz Lerner

Plymouth Selectmen are hoping to postpone the special senate election to replace a seat left vacant by Vinny DeMacedo. The board sent a letter with the request to state lawmakers this week, saying that the voting is not a good idea amid the pandemic.

Jennette Barnes

Hours at the drive-through test site for COVID-19 at Cape Cod Community College have been reduced from 48 to 30 each week.

Alecia Orsini

Many health and government officials say that knowing the extent of the coronavirus outbreak is key to reopening the economy, and the best way to know the extent of the problem is through testing.

Courtesy Jack Clancy

Many people have been turning to locally sourced food during the coronavirus outbreak, as a way to avoid grocery stores.


But there is one exception: shellfish.


WCAI’s Sam Houghton reports that oysters and quahogs face a particular challenge when it comes to reaching customers.

Sam Houghton / WCAI

Cape Cod's first adult recreational marijuana store opened Wednesday in Provincetown.

It's called Curaleaf and about 30 people were in line when the doors opened around noon.

Sam Houghton/WCAI

Crippling cyber attacks on major cities have made recent headlines, but smaller towns, like those across the Cape and Islands, are not immune.

Courtesy Buttonwood Park Zoo

Buttonwood Park Zoo recently announced its newest resident. Her name is Sandy and she's the New Bedford zoo's first female, two-toed sloth.