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.

East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, author Christina Uss, and her debut novel.
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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. 

The empty Massachusetts House chamber.
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A task force this week is taking on the job of examining problems in the nursing home industry. This comes the week after a state audit found public health investigations into elder abuse at nursing homes were taking too long. 

Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno in a file photo. Behind him stands Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Massachusetts Democrats are gathering in Springfield on Saturday for their annual convention. And there's at least one Democrat who was not invited to speak. 

Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III continues to consider whether to challenge Senator Ed Markey in the 2020 Democratic primary. 

The campus of UMass Amherst.
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As college students move into their dorms for the fall semester, I'm reminded a lot has changed since I was one of them.

The Colt Armory in Hartford, Connecticut.
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In 2014, Congress authorized the Coltsville National Historical Park in Hartford. It would mark the contributions to the firearms industry made by Samuel Colt. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito on election night in 2018.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

It appears the message from Massachusetts tourism officials worked: Governor Charlie Baker is staycationing. He's on vacation at least through this week. But it's not all fun and sun.

On January 10, 2011, new state legislators and their aides getting to know one another.
File photo / State House News Service

Massachusetts lawmakers have hailed the state's new Equal Pay Act. But when it comes to their own employees, equity may still be a ways away.

Author Joan Livingston of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, is also the editor-in-chief at the Greenfield Recorder newspaper.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

Joan Livingston of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, has mashed up her actual profession with a measure of fiction and come up with her latest book. 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Registry of Motor Vehicles office in Downtown Boston.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Massachusetts lawmakers this week will try again to get some information out of the officials from the Registry of Motor Vehicles. 

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, at right, with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The review system for driver violations at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is broken. After more than a year's worth of unopened paper violations from other states were found, more than 1,600 drivers are just now having the law catch up with them. 

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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You know it's mid-July when there's no deal on a Massachusetts state budget, a hands-free cell phone bill, and others. Negotiations on those are behind closed doors. But not all is silent on Beacon Hill. 

A stack of newspapers.
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A Massachusetts bill would create a commission to look at declines in local journalism.

Reverend Jane Willan of the First Congregational Church of Paxton, writes murder mysteries. She sometimes works on them in her church office.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

Jane Willan calls her novel a "comfortable detective story that elicits lots of cozy feelings." It kicks off our annual Summer Fiction Series.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Fiscal year 2019 went out like a lion in Massachusetts with resignations and fiery politics. But without that full-year budget, does that mean we're in like a lamb for fiscal year 2020?

Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
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Baystate Health plans to shut down mental health units in three of its community hospitals in favor of opening a single facility in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Crews on the set of the Hulu series "Castle Rock" as it films its second season.
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The Hulu series "Castle Rock" recently resumed filming in Orange and other central Massachusetts locations. Productions like this are drawn to the state, in part, because of a tax credit for filmmakers. 

Tax calculator.
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Massachusetts Senators on Beacon Hill voted unanimously last week in support of a distracted driving measure to ban hand-held cellphone use. 

Storrow Drive in Boston, Massachusetts.
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It's head-turning discussion this week at the Massachusetts Statehouse, as the Senate is likely to debate hands-free cellphone use by drivers. 

This Christmas Fern is toxic to deer, according to author Lynn Levine.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

At a certain point during mud season in New England, you can go to any number of restaurants and find fiddleheads on the menu.

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vermont, stopped operations in December 2014.
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The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vermont, has been decommissioning for five years. By the end of May, New England will be down to its last two nuclear power plants.

Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka and Governor Charlie Baker in the state Senate chamber.
State House News Service

It's a big week for the always drawn-out process of passing a state budget in Massachusetts. 

The Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes at Thursday night's matchup.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The Boston Bruins play game one of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night at TD Garden.

Matthew Westgate is an Assistant Professor and Director of Wind Studies at UMass Amherst. He conducted The Massachusetts Chamber Players performing "Frank Martin: Music For Winds."
Carrie Healy / NEPR

The Massachusetts Chamber Players, based at UMass Amherst, has a new recording of wind music conducted by Matthew Westgate. 

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
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Massachusetts legislators on Beacon Hill are scheduled to vet more than 200 bills on Tuesday. 

The Massachusetts Pirates are Worcester's arena football team.
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While the only recent NFL action was the draft last weekend, arena football players are now well into their regular season.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

When it comes to higher education in Massachusetts, lawmakers consider splitting the bill. Or maybe they'll at least leave a tip?

Hampshire College.
Sam Hudzik / NEPR

As Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, continues to restructure and raise money, the institution is facing the possible loss of accreditation.

The empty Massachusetts House chamber.
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Massachusetts lawmakers this week will consider the proposed House Ways and Means budget — and some 1,300 amendments — as the the debate begins. 

Massachusetts state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, testifies at a hearing with a panel of legislators about the importance of a bill of rights for foster parents.
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Two bills at the Massachusetts Statehouse aim to address problems for children and foster families in the state’s child welfare system.