Carrie Healy

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Carrie Healy hosts the local broadcast of “Morning Edition” at NEPM. She also hosts the station’s weekly government and politics segment “Beacon Hill In 5” for broadcast radio and podcast syndication.

Carrie grew up on a working dairy farm, and continues to learn valuable life lessons from farming with her own family. As a kid, she was kept company by the radio in the barn, listening to Boston Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins games — and that is also where she was first heard on the radio in 1988.

Her family ties to western Massachusetts trace back to the 18th century, where generations of her ancestors built homes and livelihoods for their families. She fondly recalls her grandfather’s stories of electricity illuminating light bulbs in Ashfield for the first time, and being the designated horse-drawn carriage driver for the town doctor.

Carrie holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The Massachusetts State Police General Headquarters.
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As the deadline approaches for them to get vaccinated for COVID-19, some Massachusetts state troopers remain at odds with the governor. This week, the police union representing some 1,800 troopers will sit down at the bargaining table with the state.

Audrey Helen Weber wrote and illustrated the children's  picture book, "On The Day the Horse Got Out."
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"On the Day the Horse Got Out" is a rhyming picture book written and illustrated by Hampshire College graduate and Greenfield resident, Audrey Helen Weber. Weber said she has created "a lot of little self-published books" throughout the years, but this is her first “official book.”

The map of Massachusetts counties from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention indicates the entire state is now in the"red" zone, or experiencing high levels of community transmission of the coronavirus.
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COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all on the upswing again in Massachusetts. The state continues to push vaccinations. In fact, in a recent radio interview, Gov. Charlie Baker seemed to leave the door open to the Commonwealth eventually using some sort of COVID-19 vaccination passport.

The flyer put together by Dan Trant's family and distributed around ground zero, formerly the World Trade Center, where Trant worked on September 11, 2001.

Dan Trant, a Westfield, Massachusetts, native recognized for his basketball playing in high school and college, died 20 years ago on 9/11. Trant was 40, married with children, and worked as a bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald in the north tower of the World Trade Center.

In a file photo from January 2017, Governor Charlie Baker was joined by Chief Justice Roderick Ireland, and others in the signing of an act designating the Hampden County Superior Court as the Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse.
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Springfield's Roderick J. Ireland Courthouse, renamed just a few years ago for the first African American justice appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, is on the minds of the city's legislative delegation. With the building falling into further disrepair, lawmakers want Governor Charlie Baker to step in and assist.

Baystate Health CEO Mark Keroack.
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Ahead of Labor Day weekend, the CEO and president of Baystate Health, Dr. Mark Keroack, is cautioning travelers about the coronavirus. He said 95% of U.S. counties are in the CDC's "red zone," with high rates of COVID-19 transmission.

An invasive insect, the caterpillar Lymantria dispar.
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Very hungry caterpillars have been killing mighty oak trees across southern New England for years.

The Northeast sees a lot of different insect invaders, says Audrey Barker Plotkin. She's a scientist with Harvard Forest.

Some trees will die because of insect defoliation, but Plotkin learned in her recent multiyear study why some oaks have more resilience.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker visits a classroom in Gloucester in March 2021.
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Over the summer, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's administration was urging residents to get vaccinated. Then came a vaccine mandate for state employees, and a message encouraging private businesses to do the same.

Vermont author Thomas Henry Pope pictured with his latest novel, "Imperfect Burials."
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Bennington County, Vermont, is home to novelist Thomas Henry Pope. His latest novel is a spy thriller featuring a journalist on a quest for truth, surrounded by political intrigue.

Vaccine administration in a file photo.
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Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed an executive order mandating COVID-19 vaccination for some 42,000 state employees. The order says they must be vaccinated by mid-October or face consequences, which could include losing their job.

A map, produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showing the level of community transmission of COVID-19 in Massachusetts as of August 2, 2021. Red signifies high, orange means substantial and yellow is for moderate.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent COVID-19 guidance recommends that everyone — regardless of vaccination status — wear a mask in indoor public settings in areas of substantial and high community transmission. That now includes all of Massachusetts, except for Hampshire and Franklin counties, which the CDC lists as having a moderate level of transmission.

Empty classroom with chairs.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker faces pushback as the state's recent mask advisory falls well short of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley, who appeared at a Rockport school press conference in February 2021.
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Teachers unions in the region say wearing masks indoors will help students and staff return safely to in-person learning this fall. With rising COVID-19 cases, the CDC this week adjusted its guidance, and now recommends universal mask-wearing in schools.

A street scene in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
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A spike in COVID-19 cases on Cape Cod prompted some communities there to call for mask advisories. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says he's not planning another statewide return to masking — but in the past, he's put restrictions in place, and required residents to mask up.

Julie Carrick Dalton is the author of the novel "Waiting for the Night Song."
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Our summer fiction series continues now with a suspenseful eco-fiction story called "Waiting for the Night Song." It's the debut novel from author Julie Carrick Dalton, who spends part of the year in New Hampshire and part in eastern Massachusetts.

A sign on a shop door in Concord, Massachusetts reads: "If fully vaccinated, masks not required YAY!"
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Officials across the country, including in some Massachusetts cities, are worried about upticks in COVID-19 cases. 

Sand and ocean waves in a photograph taken at Salisbury Beach in Salisbury, Massachusetts, during the summer survey of grain size and face slope.
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Our New England landscape was shaped over 10,000 years ago by glaciers that deposited sediments. On sunny summer days, people flock to relax on some of those glacial sediments — or beaches — up and down the New England coast.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
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Some states, like Connecticut and Vermont, have already decided how they'll spend their share of American Rescue Plan Act money. For Massachusetts, about $5 billion of it is still sitting in the state's piggy bank. 

The Senate Chamber at the Massachusetts Statehouse.
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Massachusetts lawmakers have called it quits ahead of the holiday weekend without passing a full-year budget or election reforms.

A photograph of a garden at Bill Noble's property in Norwich, Vermont. Bill Noble's personal garden is included in the Smithsonian Institution's Archive of American Gardens.
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Garden designer and author Bill Noble says gardening is about feeling connected and getting familiar with your chosen piece of earth.

Massachusetts lawmakers work on the budget in May 2019.
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A new Massachusetts budget is due by Thursday, but if history is any guide, state lawmakers aren't stressing the deadline.

The Legislature is still working on the budget for the new fiscal year to prevent a state government shutdown. In the meantime, Governor Charlie Baker has filed an interim budget.

Michelle Wojtowicz, a teacher at Hadley Elementary School, helps Anna Damon during class on Feb. 24, 2021.
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More schools in western Massachusetts will allow students to attend summer classes and programs unmasked.

Massachusetts House Ways and Means' Aaron Michlewitz and Speaker Ron Mariano in a file photo from the release of the House budget on April 14, 2021.
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Massachusetts lawmakers are 10 days from needing a state budget for the new fiscal year, but the big fight now is about billions in federal aid and who controls it. 

A pregnant woman visits a doctor's office.
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A new report finds that when a female employee asks for an accommodation at work because of a pregnancy, in many cases, she'll be fired.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
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Transportation and education priorities in Massachusetts could get a step closer to reaping $2 billion a year with a vote this week.

Interior of St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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The Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, has expanded a list of clergy and lay employees credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor while serving in the diocese. Some of the findings date back decades, as the diocese has expanded its criteria for disclosure.

A bicyclist wearing a face covering at a transit station in Maryland on June 8, 2020. Massachusetts will continue to require masks at transit stations after May 29, 2021.
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Not all masks are coming off on Saturday, May 29, the day Massachusetts is scheduled to lift pandemic restrictions on businesses as well as on mask wearing.

A photograph from a Mother's Day walk Patrick took with wife, Sally Serio, in 2020. She said this picture "is so incredibly Pat."
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More than 400,000 residents of western Massachusetts have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

At the same time, new deaths are reported most days, with about 2,200 victims from the region since the pandemic began. Patrick Serio of Hadley is among them.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.
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In most cases, people fully vaccinated for COVID-19 probably don't have to wear a mask, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, at least for now, mask mandates remain in place in Massachusetts.

A wooden walkway snakes through the property of the Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
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Two reporters teamed up to write a series of stories on what academics call "charismatic carbon," or forest offsets. The focus was on California's emissions policy and polluters. But conservation nonprofit Mass Audubon is also involved.