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 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.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

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.
Submitted Photo

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.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

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.
Violet Jiang / Creative Commons /

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.

Mary Owens Lindenschmid with her grandchildren in the late 1990s. From left, Kenneth Mick III, Mary Mick and Karl Mick.
Courtesy Kenneth Mick-Evans

More than 900 western Massachusetts residents have now died of the coronavirus. Among them is Mary Owens Lindenschmid, who was 91 when she died of complications from COVID-19. 

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
William Zhang / Creative Commons

Goodbye, Massachusetts Joint Rule 12A — and hello, months of drawn-out negotiations in the state legislature. 

Massachusetts House Judiciary Chair Claire Cronin and Rep. Paul Tucker, a retired police chief, conversed in a chamber entryway.
Sam Doran / State House News Servic

The Massachusetts House and Senate have both passed their own bills changing some rules for police in the state. Now, the hard part: working out their differences before the session ends.

Springfield, Massachusetts, police and detectives at the scene of a shooting in 2017.
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There's less than two weeks left in the legislative session and Massachusetts lawmakers say they're working hard to pass a bill addressing police accountability.

Author Jennifer Rosner of Northampton, Massachusetts.
Elizabeth Solaka / Courtesy Jennifer Rosner

Kicking off our annual summer ficiton series: a novel about a mother-daughter connection and the role of creativity and beauty in human survival. 

Mary Crimmins, at center, with friends and family at Crimmins's birthday party in 2018.
Submitted Photo

Since the first recorded death in Massachusetts from the coronavirus, more than 8,000 residents have died. 

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo with a mask around his chin.
State House News Service

With Massachusetts governments still operating in pandemic mode, socially distanced lawmakers are facing familiar deadlines.

Rasif Rafiq, owner of Bistro 63 in Amherst, Massachusetts, talks about reopening for indoor dining.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

Massachusetts officials are moving ahead with the state's reopening plan even as some states around the country are reporting rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. As of Monday, the reopening includes massage therapists, nail salons, tattoo parlors and indoor dining — with strict social distancing rules in place.

Protesters at the police station in Northampton, Massachusetts on June 1, 2020.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

Legislative leaders and the governor all seem on board to make changes to policing in Massachusetts. But what will they actually agree on? And how far will the changes go?

Tables on the patio at Boston's Trattoria il Panino, spaced six feet apart.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

For the first time in months, restaurants in Massachusetts are now allowed to serve meals to diners sitting outside. 

Catherine Forrester's graduation photo from Ridley High School in Brunswick, Georgia, 1948.
Submitted Photo

The number of COVID-19 deaths reported in long-term care facilities in Massachusetts rose to more than 4,200 last weekend. One of them was Catherine Forrester, who was living in Agawam when she passed away.

A protester shoots a firework toward Boston police at the intersection of Tremont and Stuart streets on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
Chris Van Buskirk / State House News Service

Thousands of New Englanders took to the streets over the weekend in protest of police violence, with more demonstrations planned for the coming days. A protest in Boston turned violent Sunday night.

Inside The Recorder office in Greenfield, Massachusetts, in 2017.
Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo. Recorder Staff / The Recorder /

Richie Davis has more than four decades of stories behind him reporting for The Recorder newspaper in Franklin County, Massachusetts. He's now retired and has a new book out, a compilation of newspaper stories called "Inner Landscapes: True Tales From Extraordinary Lives."

A man wearing a mask,  walks down a sidewalk, during the COVID-19 pandemic. An American flag hangs from his walker.
Anthony Quintano / Creative Commons /

Massachusetts is still reporting dozens of deaths each day from COVID-19. But starting this week, you can get a haircut, buy some marijuana and go to the beach. Just make sure to keep some social distance.

Virginia Sullivan Finn in her younger days.
Submitted Photo

One former western Massachusetts resident who recently died from COVID-19  is Virginia Sullivan Finn. 

Downtown Holyoke, Massachusetts, in May 2014.
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Surrounded by states working on reopening parts of their economy, Massachusetts residents and businesses this week will be examining the details of Governor Charlie Baker's plans to do the same.

A view of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Douglas Hook / MassLive /

As Massachusetts nears 5,000 confirmed deaths attributable to COVID-19, a reopening task force in the state is nearing its deadline. 

A hand holds a paper airplane.
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One western Massachusetts resident who recently died from COVID-19 is Fran Slasinski of Westfield. 

A young girl rides her scooter in Boston Common along Charles Street on March 27.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

In many places across Massachusetts, it’s already the norm to wear a mask to the grocery store or pharmacy. This week, it'll be a statewide order, with violators facing a $300 fine.

Soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard talk with residents of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home.
Army Spc. Samuel D. Keenan / Massachusetts National Guard

As COVID-19 continues to spread — and take lives — at the state-run Holyoke Soldiers' Home, more information has emerged on outbreak preparations behind the scenes. 

TJ Maxx carts stand idle March 26 in an empty parking lot in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

The Massachusetts ban on non-essential business activity is scheduled to expire May 4. But don't hold your breath.

Weldon Long with his son, Mike, in the 1960s.
Courtesy Mike Long

One of the veterans from the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home who died in recent days of COVID-19 was Weldon Marion Long, 82.

The Massachusetts House chamber.
File photo / State of Massachusetts

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Massachusetts lawmakers put a freeze on evictions and foreclosures. But it wasn't a smooth process.