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.

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 / gazettenet.com

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 / recorder.com

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 / flickr.com/photos/quintanomedia

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.
Joseph / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/josepha

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 / Masslive.com/photos

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.
Kalvis / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/hgz

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.

Cheryl Bento salutes as a hearse carrying Mary Foley's body passes by Sunrise Senior Living in Arlington, Massachusetts, where Foley used to live.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

As the COVID-19 death toll climbs in Massachusetts, nursing homes and long-term care facilities are bearing a big impact — nearly half of the deaths are at nursing homes.

UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford at his introductory press conference in March 2015.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The novel coronavirus has canceled spring sports. It's a new situation for the athletes at UMass Amherst, and for fans. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on April 2.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said he's requested 1,400 ventilators from the federal government. So far, the state has received 100. 

Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, at center, tested positive for COVID-19, according to the state. At left is Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders.
State House News Service

A week ago, Massachusetts officials reported five deaths attributable to the coronavirus. As of Monday morning, there were 48.

Firefighter gear on a table at a volunteer fair in Georgia, as a local volunteer firefighter explains the job.
Airman 1st Class Ceaira Tinsley / U.S. Air Force

For a number of years, small communities across Massachusetts have been struggling to staff their volunteer fire departments. But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there are signs that's changing in Franklin County.

The RECOVER Project on Federal Street in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Paul Franz / The Recorder / recorder.com

A lot of recovery programs happen in person — meetings for people who are trying to overcome addictions of all kinds. That sort of in-person interaction is now limited by social distancing guidelines meant to control the spread of the new coronavirus. 

A memorial in Ireland for the victims of the Doolough Tragedy, an event during the Irish Potato Famine.
Sludge G / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/sludgeulper

Americans have come to expect the opportunity to provide donations and other assistance when natural disasters strike. But the humanitarian concept was entirely new during what came to be known as the Irish Potato Famine. 

Over the weekend, the number of Massachusetts residents who tested positive for COVID-19 increased by more than 100 each day. Governor Charlie Baker appears to be preparing people for those numbers to keep going up. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, at right, with Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Governors across New England ordered schools closed, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker went even further than that.  

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 / berkshireeagle.com

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.

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