Carrie Healy

Morning Edition Reporter/Producer/Host

Before coming to New England Public Radio, Carrie worked in commercial radio for fifteen years, and for a handful of years in public access television.  In college, Carrie studied early American History and earned her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She has been working at NEPR long enough to have fond memories of editing sound on reel-to-reel tape with a razor blade. In 1996 Carrie contributed original research on 18th century holiday revelry in Deerfield, MA, to Stephen Nissenbaum’s book The Battle For Christmas.  When she's not working, Carrie enjoys tending her flock of sheep, playing the board game Labyrinth, and preparing recipes from her cookbook collection.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's hands during a press briefing on January 21, 2021.
State House News Service

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack is headed to Washington, D.C., for a top position in the Federal Highway Administration. And Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is slated to head President Biden's Labor Department.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the "grand bargain" bill on June 28, 2018. He's shown here with the two legislative leaders, as of 2021, Senate President Karen Spilka (left) and House Speaker Ron Mariano (second from left).
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Last week, Governor Charlie Baker vetoed the climate bill passed by lawmakers in the final hours of the last legislative session. Many lawmakers were very pleased with that bill they crafted over five months and they plan to send it right back to the governor.

A photograph of the exterior of the Massachusetts State House taken on September 21, 2013.
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While the U.S. Capitol was being stormed last week, state lawmakers in Massachusetts took their oaths beginning a new legislative session.

A swearing-in ceremony at the Massachusetts Statehouse on December 14, 2020.
File photo / State House News Service

With the change of the calendar year comes change at the Statehouse. Massachusetts lawmakers will begin a new legislative session on Wednesday.

Hurricane Sandy demolished the Funtown Pier in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, sending the Star Jet roller coaster and other amusements plunging into the surf.
Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen, U.S. Air Force

As a kid, author Eric Jay Dolin wanted to become the next Jacque Cousteau when he grew up. Today the Marblehead, Massachusetts, historian lives about a quarter of a mile from the sea, and said he still has that strong connection to the ocean.

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
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For the last dozen years, Robert DeLeo has been one of the most powerful people in Massachusetts. That could be ending.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on December 8, 2020.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has reimposed some restrictions as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Some doctors are saying we're not seeing the true surge in case numbers yet, and the worst is still ahead.

A photograph of the exterior of City Hall, Worcester.
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A longtime newspaper reporter and columnist who covered the city of Worcester and its politics has said goodbye to his readers.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.
Suzanne Kreiter / Boston Globe Pool / State House News Service

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has before him two measures on how police are held accountable. One has been voted through the legislature, and awaits his signature. The other is of Baker's own creation.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
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Of all the deadlines Massachusetts legislative leaders have missed or postponed during the pandemic, the end of the session will not be one of them.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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Having passed bills in both the Massachusetts House and Senate, state lawmakers are working to deliver a budget deal this week before the turkey coma sets in.

Heavily redacted paragraphs are shown as part of a sponsored research agreement between the UMass Amherst and Raytheon in 2015. This document and 10 others like it were redacted by the university.
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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has been trying to get its hands on all the agreements UMass Amherst signs with private businesses to conduct many millions of dollars in sponsored research.

Mildred Stopa, at front, was 66 years old when she retired in December 1989. Behind Stopa at her retirement party, from left to right: daughter Sheila Pelczarski, granddaughter Julia, and daughter Christina Moriarty.
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Massachusetts recently passed a grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic: the deaths of more than 10,000 residents.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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The Wampanoag tribe, in its promotional material, said the planned first light casino represented “growth, progression and opportunity.” The feds alleged it represents something less savory to the tribe's chairman.

Christina "Smiles" Remmes is a Northampton, Massachusetts, resident experiencing homelessness.
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When someone gets diagnosed with COVID-19, they must separate from others — maybe hole up in a room, or the basement — in order to not spread the virus to others. But for folks without homes in western Massachusetts, that's nothing like what they may have to go through this winter.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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With Joe Biden clinching the presidency over the weekend, Massachusetts politicians are thinking about what the new administration might mean for the state — and for them.

A ballot drop box in Shelburne, Massachusetts.
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A record-breaking turnout is expected Tuesday, with a huge chunk of the ballots already cast in Massachusetts.

An informational graphic used by Cambridge, Massachusetts, which has used ranked-choice voting in some local elections for decades.
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Massachusetts voters this fall are being asked whether they want to see ranked-choice voting on ballots in future elections.

The Massachusetts general election ballot in 2020 includes a question about establishing ranked-choice voting.
Carrie Healy / NEPM

Massachusetts voters this election will get to decide whether to give their future ballots a major overhaul.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in autumn.
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The changing seasons have brought cool October nights, fall foliage, pumpkin spice and signs of life on a state budget in Massachusetts.

Author and law professor Jennifer Taub of Northampton, Massachusetts.
Jill Greenberg / Courtesy Jennifer Taub

Unchecked crime and corruption, weak laws and ineffective enforcement are at the heart of a new release from Jennifer Taub.  

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
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Massachusetts lawmakers have punted for months on a full-year budget amid uncertainty over the coronavirus. But this week, even as COVID-19 case counts rise, the state budget process resumes.

Northampton, Massachusetts, author Tiffany Jewell wrote "This Book Is Anti-Racist."
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Northampton, Massachusetts, author Tiffany Jewell’s activity-driven book, "This Book Is Anti-Racist," lays out the work kids need to do before a lifetime of bias is instilled in them.

Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey at left, and Republican challenger Kevin O'Connor.
Markey: Official U.S. Senate portrait by Rebecca Hammel / O'Connor: Courtesy Kevin O'Connor for U.S. Senate

President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden meet this week for their first debate. And we’re just a week away from the only scheduled U.S. Senate debate in Massachusetts between incumbent Democrat Ed Markey and Republican challenger Kevin O'Connor.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on August 7, 2020.
Office of Gov. Baker / State of Massachusetts

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the fight over the vacancy has political implications in New England — and it comes as the highest court in Massachusetts also faces upheaval.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin.
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Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin has offered up state records to supplement what he described as shortcomings in the census due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Southborough, Massachusetts, author Jennifer De Leon.
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The next selection in our Books For Young People series is "Don't Ask Me Where I'm From," a novel that is for and about high-schoolers. 

A ballot drop box in Shelburne, Massachusetts.
Carrie Healy / NEPM

The 2020 Massachusetts primary on Sept. 1 will whittle down the candidates and offer a major test to the state's mail-in voting system.

For many cities and towns, Tuesday's primary is the first voting in a new coronavirus world. 

A Massachusetts vote-by-mail application.
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In Massachusetts for the very first time, early voting is underway for a state primary election. There is also a huge vote-by-mail effort right now.

An empty classroom.
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Schools in Massachusetts are deciding whether to start the year with in-person classes. Governor Charlie Baker says he wants local school committees to make the call, but he's making his own opinion pretty clear.