Cathy Carter

Reporter

Cathy Carter is the education reporter for WUSF 89.7 and other Florida public radio stations.

Before joining WUSF, Cathy was the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition for Delaware Public Media and reported on a variety of topics from education to the arts.

Cathy also reported for WAMU, the NPR news station in Washington D.C, was a host at XM Satellite Radio and wrote arts and culture stories for a variety of newspapers, including the Virginian Pilot and the Baltimore Sun.

Her work has been honored by journalism organizations such as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Maryland Press Association and the Delaware Press Association.

A graduate of Boston’s Emerson College, Cathy is a Massachusetts native, meaning that like all residents is under state mandate to be a Boston Red Sox fan.

Contact Cathy at 813-974-8638, on Twitter @catcartreports or by email at ccarter@wusf.org

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Florida is home to some of the country's largest school districts but according to a report from the Florida Department of Education, it doesn't have enough teachers.

That means school districts are coming up with new ways to fill vacancies.

Associated Press

Authorities in Orlando have recovered the body of a 2-year-old boy who was dragged into the water by an alligator at Walt Disney World Tuesday night.

An Orange County Sheriff says the boy's body was found intact by divers using sonar equipment.

Centers for Disease and Prevention

News of the toddler who was dragged into the water by an alligator at Walt Disney World Tuesday night is a parent's worst nightmare.

But the media coverage can also be frightening for children.

Last month the Obama Administration sent a letter to school districts threatening to pull federal funding if they do not allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

When Rishi Nair triumphed at the 2016 National Geographic Bee in May, he also won the hearts of mothers everywhere by grabbing the microphone and thanking his own mother, calling her a “great lady.”

On Wednesday, Nair’s classmates at Williams Middle Magnet School in Tampa celebrated with cupcakes as they watched a TV clip from the finals.

At the event, Nair said his path to glory started with the basics: U.S. capitals, currency and longest rivers.

Coming into the 2016 Hurricane Season, Florida has been on something of a lucky streak. It’s been 11 years since a hurricane has made landfall in the state but experts say this could be one of the most active storm seasons since 2012.

Demorris Lee

The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts Wednesday.

On average, 11 named tropical storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes could happen during any given season.

During emergencies, Pinellas County assigns administrators to shelter sites.

Students in the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg have created a website to help the district keep track of shelter assignments and manage communications during emergencies.

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A Hillsborough County 6th grader is the winner of the 2016  National Geographic Bee.

Rishi Nair, 12, of Seffner is officially an expert on maps, borders, culture and history.

Daylina Miller/WUSF

How do you teach kids about ecology when the natural world is shrinking around them?

In fast growing Florida, one solution is to take environmental studies outside the walls of a classroom.

The Pinellas County School Board Tuesday unanimously voted to issue a 90-day notice of termination to four charter schools.

Tampa Bay area school districts have received an Obama administration directive regarding transgender students.

A joint letter from the Departments of Education and Justice calls for every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

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The second highest elected leader in the nation was in Tampa Wednesday to deliver wide-ranging remarks about American policy in Latin America.

Vice President Joe Biden addressed local business leaders and elected officials at an invitation-only event at the University of Tampa.

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 Elissia LaPorte is standing in front of a large full length mirror underneath a hand-painted sign that says "Hello Gorgeous."

The senior who attends Tampa's Leto High School is shopping for a prom dress at the Belle of the Ball boutique in Clearwater, which has close to 4,000 gowns on display.

LaPorte has already tried on several and after she picks her favorite, she won't have to pay for it.  

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Garrison Keillor leaves Lake Wobegon for good this summer.

After 40 plus years, the long time host of public radio's "Prairie Home Companion" is in his final season.

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Think like an engineer. That’s what students at Jamerson Elementary School in St. Petersburg have been hearing the past 13 years.

Now, Jamerson isn't the only school that applies science, technology, engineering and math into all of its classes.

Scottish American Society of Dunedin

The Dunedin Highland Games & Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this week. Thousands of people –many likely wearing kilts-are expected to attend Saturday’s main event in Dunedin’s Highlander Park.

Photo courtesy of Gasparilla International Film Festival.

Spring is turning out to be film festival season in Florida. The Sarasota Film Festival kicks off April 1. Meantime, the Gasparilla International Film Festival rolls out the red carpet in Tampa this week.

Thousands of the most dramatic teenagers in Florida are in downtown Tampa this week for the annual state conference of the International Thespian Society.

For 25 years, the Florida Thespian Festival has given young performers the chance to get professional feedback, attend workshops with Broadway stars, and audition for college theater departments. 

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A Clearwater-based charter school company is facing increased scrutiny.

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