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.

Barrington Stage Company artistic director Julianne Boyd (left) with Mark H. Dold during a rehearsal last year.
Courtesy Barrington Stage Company / WBUR

Monday marks another small move toward reopening in Massachusetts. Live theater is permitted indoors again — though social distancing is a must.

Vaccination for COVID-19 takes place at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker this week announced a shift in the state's COVID-19 vaccination strategy, with more doses and appointments now available.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.
Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe / Pool / State House News Service

As the COVID-19 metrics continue to move in the right direction in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker says he remains hopeful the state can achieve a full reopening by August 1.

Teenagers observing social distancing and face covering protocols attend a rally on June 27, 2020 in Portage, Indiana, following the death of George Floyd, a Black man in Minnesota.
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If you're age 16 or older in Massachusetts, you can now book an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine,  if you can find one.

A chart shows the shifting makeup of COVID-19 infections in Massachusetts between September 2020 and April 2021. The largest share of cases is among residents age 29 and younger.
Massachusetts DPH / State House News Service

Massachusetts lawmakers will soon learn more about the contagious COVID-19 variants known to reinfect those who previously had coronavirus.

Interior of Red Cross House and U.S. General Hospital No. 16 in New Haven, Connecticut, during the influenza epidemic in 1918 or 1919. The beds are isolated by curtains.
American National Red Cross photograph collection / Library of Congress / LC-DIG-anrc-02679

When an epidemic — or pandemic — strikes, the media becomes the frame for the public's understanding. These news narratives also serve as essential pieces of the historical record.

Massachusetts Department of Revenue logo.
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This week we learned that Massachusetts tax collections have again exceeded the state's expectations. Does that mean that — despite the pandemic — the state's finances are actually somewhat healthy?

Socially distanced classroom seating during a COVID-19 pandemic.
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Many Massachusetts public elementary schools are now returning to full-time in-person learning. But with all the health protocols, that classroom experience won't be nearly the same as it was before the pandemic.

A sign reminding visitors to wear masks in the Florence section of Northampton, Massachusetts.
Sam Hudzik / NEPM

Some states are dropping their mask mandates, but Massachusetts residents must continue masking — and the latest COVID-19 numbers in the state are causing some concern.

Virginia Koons (right) attends the 1999 wedding reception of her friend Barbara Rouillard (left).
Submitted Photo

This winter, Virginia Koonz got the coronavirus, and died.

Governor Charlie Baker addresses the media at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Brockton, Massachusetts, on March 17, 2021.
Alyssa Stone / The Enterprise of Brockton, Pool Photo

With more than a million Massachusetts residents now fully vaccinated, the state is shedding even more COVID-19 restrictions.

Jack Kelley at right, with his father John Kelley, of Hadley, Massachusetts.
Submitted Photo

High school senior Jack Kelley of Hadley, Massachusetts, has observed a milestone few other teens could claim. Inspired by a videogame he played as a preteen, Jack began to visit fire towers, or fire lookouts. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker stands in a classroom of elementary students.
Nancy Lane / State House News Service / Pool / Boston Herald

President Joe Biden wants states to open vaccine appointments to all adults beginning in May. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has said that’s a great goal — but first, he said, the feds have a lot of work to do.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker visits to West Parish School in Gloucester, where students have been learning in person for more than 100 days.
Nancy Lane / Boston Herald / Pool / State House News Service

For months, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has been trying to get school districts to allow kids back for in-person learning. On Friday, a state board voted to give Education Commissioner Jeff Riley some more power to make that happen. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in Salem, Massachusetts, on Thursday, February 25, 2021.
Pat Greenhouse / Boston Globe / Pool / State House News Service

Massachusetts officials say their COVID-19 vaccination efforts are gaining steam. And a major rollback of restrictions on some businesses begins this week.

Springfield City Council President Justin Hurst in June 2020.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

City Councilor Justin Hurst of Springfield, Massachusetts, is calling for an audit of all city contracts going back five years, looking in part at the city's support of minority-owned businesses.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Jonathan Wiggs / Boston Globe / Pool / State House News Service

Massachusetts COVID-19 metrics looked good enough to Governor Charlie Baker to roll back some business restrictions, effective Monday.

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For Efrem Sigel, serving on a jury was life-changing — and eye-opening. Sigel was one of 12 who sat in the jury box in 2017 and ultimately convicted Abraham Cucuta.

The print edition of The Boston Globe.
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The reality of the internet is that when someone is charged for a crime, and a reporter writes about it, that story is forever online.

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).
Sam Doran / SHNS

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.
State House News Service / State House News Service

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.
William Zhang / Creative Commons

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.