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Steve Junker

Managing Editor of News

Steve is Managing Editor of News. He came to WCAI in 2007. He also hosts the weekly News Roundup on Friday mornings, and produces The Fishing News and Weekend Outlook.

A writer, a fisherman, an occasional boat builder, a recovering musician, a longtime chicken rancher, a beekeeper... Steve keeps busy in Woods Hole, where he lives with his wife and two children.

 

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Alecia Orsini

Governor Baker makes it official: schools will not reopen before summer; some area nursing homes are seeing a surge in Covid-19 cases; and Earth Day celebrates quietly its 50th Anniversary.  

Those stories and more on today's program, as WCAI News Director Steve Junker discusses local news with some of the region’s leading journalists.

Liz Lerner

A new online map shows coronavirus cases across the Cape by zip code; Governor Baker visits the field hospital at Joint Base Cape Cod; and the news that the Oak Bluffs ferry pier needs repairs sparks fresh anger at Steamship Authority management.  

Those stories and more on today's program, as WCAI News Director Steve Junker discusses local news with some of the region’s leading journalists.

Alecia Orsini

A coronavirus field hospital is coming to Joint Base Cape Cod, and additional care centers are opening in former nursing homes in Falmouth, Brewster and New Bedford. Meanwhile, local school districts have started up required remote learning for students, and coronavirus cases slow on the islands.

Those stories and more on today's program, as WCAI News Director Steve Junker rounds up the local response to the coronavirus with some of the region’s leading journalists.

Alecia Orsini

As case numbers continue to rise, local hospitals cope with a shortage of protective gear. Governor Baker orders nonessential bricks-and-mortar businesses to close and extends the school shutdown until May. The Islands attempt a contruction ban, but it's no so easy. And local volunteers take up the call to sew protective masks.

Jennifer Junker

The first confirmed coronavirus cases have appeared across the region, in Barnstable, Plymouth, and Bristol Counties. One week into statewide closures, shutdowns, and quarantine, there are still unanswered questions about testing and about supporting people now out of work.

Lish Roth

Lish Roth teaches grades 6 and 7 at the Barnstable Intermediate School. She began running a fever on Saturday. At least one staff member in the Barnstable Public Schools has tested positive for covid-19. That person was at the Barnstable Community Innovation School, but Roth says students at her school have siblings at the Innovation School, and she works with at least 2 teachers who move between the schools.

Dan Tritle

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: Cape hospitals and nursing homes restrict visitors as a precaution against the new coronavirus, even as questions arise about testing locally and in the state; we round up preparations and cancellations around the region; and the Cape Cod Commission gives a favorable report on the plan to restore the Herring River.

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: the field has been narrowed for the special election for the Plymouth-Barnstable State Senate seat; and local officials are making preparations in the event that COVID-19 makes an appearance in the region.

Steve Heaslip / Cape Cod Times

With St Patrick’s Day coming up, there are plenty of ways to celebrate this weekend.  Here's your Weekend Outlook.

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: Local health officials continue to assure the public that risk from the novel coronavirus is low;  questions continue about the safety of radioactive waste the site of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station: and put the phone down if you’re driving! We’ve got a new state law in effect.

Ron Schloerb / Cape Cod Times

Good news for music lovers – plenty of lively events are happening around the Cape and Islands.  Here's your Weekend Outlook.  

Dan Tritle

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: homeowners in Barnstable want more regulations on short-term rentals; Carlos Rafael's fishing fleet and permits will stay in New Bedford; latest estimates say the new Woods Hole terminal project will cost the Steamship Authority almost $93 million; and Massachusetts gets a chance to try early voting for a presidential primary, for the first time ever.

In January the mercury reached 74 degrees in Boston, and here on the Cape and Islands we've had multiple days with temperatures in the 50's. While we can't point to warm winter days as evidence of climate change, we can look at trends and patterns to put what we're experiencing into context. Joining us to discuss weather, climate change, and the complexity of climate modeling and forecasting are David Coe, Ph.D. student at UMass Lowell Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, and Tyler Harrington, Masters student at UMass Lowell Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. Steve Junker hosts.

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe heads to court to defend its sovereignty; a big expansion by Cape Cod Health in Hyannis is put on hold; and Oak Bluffs’s Fire Chief resigns.

Image from John Mahoney for State Senate Official Facebook page

We continue our conversations with candidates for the Plymouth Barnstable State Senate Race. Today we talk with Democratic candidate John Mahoney.

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: Provincetown gets fired up over the Cape’s first recreational marijuana shop; local schools are changing student travel plans as a precaution against the Coronavirus; and a former Cape League coach is remembered for his passion.

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: Mashpee Commons is set to take the next step toward a major expansion; the Steamship Authority has a rough week, including a major crash of its reservations website; and National Grid gets its way with a new power installation on Nantucket.

Ben Bonouvrier

You can get out of the house this weekend to enjoy music, flowers, history, and more. Here's your Weekend Outlook.

S Junker

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: local businesses scramble to adapt as bans come for Styrofoam cups and containers and plastic utensils; $15M affordable housing complex is coming to Yarmouth; the vacation that was a job suspension for OB Fire Chief John Rose; and a large coyote makes an appearance on Martha's Vineyard.

Bob Sanker

There's plenty to do this long holiday weekend, including events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Here's your Weekend Outlook.

Reporter's Notebook

Jan 13, 2020

For our Reporter’s Notebook, WCAI reporters Sarah Mizes-Tan and Eve Zukoff join host Steve Junker to talk about covering the region and some of their most recent stories: from the rise in English Language Learners to the Cape’s readiness for Electric Vehicles, and more. 

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: the FBI is scrutinizing the Oak Bluffs Fire Department; Barnstable County says the state needs to take over paying into pensions for the Sheriff’s office; and Acushnet residents complain about a smell that's traced to its source: shellfish waste. 

R. W. Commerford and Sons of Goshen CT

Looking at activities this coming weekend, there’s art, music, and even… a camel. Here's your Weekend Outlook. 

S Junker

Tornadoes touch down on Cape Cod; Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station shuts down its reactor for good; we can’t stop talking about sharks; and offshore wind is about to transform our region’s energy supply… or maybe not.

Sound familiar?

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: the Cape's first adult-use marijuana shop is set to open in Provincetown in January; the family behind the Hy-Line ferries is headed to court in a battle over ownership; the state proposes new limits on PFAs; and coyote-hunting contests will be banned in Massachusetts.

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