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.

In this file photo from 2014, thousands gather for Mercy Sunday Mass at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
File Photo / Berkshire Eagle /

With new cases of COVID-19 announced every day in New England, many events, meetings and conferences are being postponed or canceled. Among them is an annual Catholic gathering, in April this year, that attracts 15,000 faithful from around the world to Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  

A line forms outside New England Treatment Access in Northampton, Massachusetts, on the first day of sales, November 20, 2018.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

One big complaint about Massachusetts' legal marijuana industry: Who is getting all those profits? Efforts to change have been slow moving.

Outside a Massachusetts polling place.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

As Massachusetts voters weigh in on the presidential race, some will also be voting in special elections for the state legislature. 

William Weld in the Massachsuetts Statehouse in 2016.
File Photo / State House News Service

With Super Tuesday just days away, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld is campaigning in his home state, as well as Vermont. Weld is running a longshot bid in the Republican primary, against President Donald Trump.

Person lying on sofa.
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Massachusetts is enjoying a relatively low unemployment rate — it notched down just a bit to 2.8% last December, a little lower than the national average. And — it's also flu season. Recent research says changes in employment can actually affect the spread of the flu.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

The Trump administration has proposed a rule change for Medicaid, putting up to $2.4 billion in jeopardy in the Massachusetts budget. 

A CTrail train seen at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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After releasing the cost of expanded east-west rail at between $2 billion and $25 billion, Massachusetts officials look for feedback this week.

A group of students in a Hartford school classroom.
David DesRoches / WNPR

A new report out of Harvard University finds that when parents are choosing schools for their kids, more choice is leading to more segregation. And it points to schools in Hartford as a model for integration.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Between presidential primaries, impeachment hearings in Washington, D.C., and the Super Bowl, Massachusetts lawmakers are still getting stuff done in Boston. 

Connecticut author, Paul Hensler, with his book about the WTIC broadcaster, Bob Steele.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

The longtime radio broadcaster Bob Steele was born and raised in Kansas City, got his start in Southern California, but made his name in Connecticut. 

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin in 2017.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts is among 42 states that had fewer births recorded in 2019 than the year before.

A bunch of coins on a table.
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It took 20 years of tiny decreases — but now Massachusetts is just days away from a 5% income tax. What will you do with the little bit of extra money in your pocket in 2020? 

The platinum LEED-certified Genzyme Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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There's a shift for Massachusetts building codes in the works, and a real lack of clarity on the contentious issue. 

A voter examines the ballot in Holyoke, Massachusetts, on Nov. 3, 2015.
John Suchocki / The Republican /

The presidential primary in Massachusetts isn't until March 3, but we're already getting some answers on what the ballot will look like. 

Illustrators Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Grace Lin at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

A new exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, shows drawings made by picture book illustrators when they were kids. 

A road intersection in Quincy, Massachusetts.
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Massachusetts lawmakers held a hearing on transportation last week, and revenue was top-of-mind. Several state reps hinted that they're likely to include an increase in the state's $.24-per-gallon gasoline tax in a bill that could be released next month. 

Reverend Jonathan Ashley's house in historic Deerfield, Massachusetts. Author Jared Ross Hardesty said 50 enslaved people lived in the town, and Ashley owned a slave named "Jinny."
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This year marks 400 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought to the Colony of Virginia. And while much history written about slavery in the U.S. focuses on the South, slavery was also prominent in the North.

On Oct. 26, 2019, UMass running back Bilal Ally is brought down by to the turf by UConn's Jackson Mitchell. UConn defeated UMass 56-35.
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The UMass Amherst football team finished this season with a 1 and 11 record. UMass has been playing in the highest level of college football – the Football Bowl Subdivision – since 2012, and it's been a rough ride.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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Massachusetts lawmakers are home this week getting ready for Thanksgiving — and presumably getting some rest after some late nights last week.  

An apartment in Boston.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Massachusetts lawmakers say one issue that continues to suppress business growth is a lack of affordable housing. So now the state says it's going to launch its own housing search tool. 

American Black Bear #391, also named "Fitz," in Hatfield, Massachusetts, with her cubs in the summer of 2019.
Jesse St. Andre / MassWildlife

Black bears are adapting their behavior in New England to meet seasonal food needs — they’re becoming more suburbanized.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
William Zhang / Creative Commons

A Halloween deadline looms for Massachusetts lawmakers to resolve differences in a fiscal year closeout budget.  

Roger Taylor and Unmi Abkin at their restaurant in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

A western Massachusetts couple with decades of experience in professional kitchens across the country run a renowned local restaurant. Now they’re releasing a cookbook, too.

A registered grower plants hemp in a Vermont field in July 2019.

In Vermont, the number of farmers growing hemp has more than doubled since last year. 

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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When the Massachusetts Senate passed its education bill this month, senators had few specific numbers to help make up their minds.   

A map of Massachusetts shows rural communities in green.
Massachusetts Rural Policy Advisory Commission

A group created by the Massachusetts legislature a few years ago has released what it calls a rural policy plan. 

Education advocates set up a "fully funded flavor" snowcone stand at a education bill "beach party" rally outside the Massachusetts Statehouse in July.
File Photo / State House News Service

Massachusetts lawmakers this week will be dealing with investments in K-12 education. 

The Connecticut River in autumn from the French King Bridge.
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There's no single, quick protocol to make sure the public knows when untreated sewage or wastewater makes its way into rivers in Massachusetts. But a bill to create a timely, uniform notification process is sitting in a legislative committee. 

School buses lined up.
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Following the rollout of a school finance overhaul crafted by Massachusetts House and Senate leaders, early reviews were positive. 

East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, author Christina Uss, and her debut novel.
Joyce Skowyra / New England Public Radio

Our back-to-school-book series continues with "The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle." This middle grade book is about a 12-year-old girl's quest to make a friend. But it's not quite as simple as that.