Amy Tardif

FM Station Manager & News Director

Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. She oversees a staff of 6 in news, production and the radio reading service.  Her program Lucia's Letter on human trafficking received a coveted Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, a gold medal from the New York Festivals and 1st place for Best Documentary from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. She was the first woman in radio to Chair RTDNA, having previously served as Chair-Elect and the Region 13 representative on its Board of Directors for which she helped write an e-book on plagiarism and fabrication. She also serves on the FPBS Board of Directors and served on the PRNDI Board of Directors from 2007 -2012. And she served on the Editorial Integrity for Public Media Project helping to write the section on employee's activities beyond their public media work. She was the producer and host of Gulf Coast Live Arts Edition for 8 years and spent 14 years as WGCU’s local host of NPR's Morning Edition. Amy spent five years as producer and managing editor of WGCU-TV’s former monthly environmental documentary programs In Focus on the Environment and Earth Edition. Prior to joining WGCU Public Media in 1993, she was the spokesperson for the Fort Myers Police Department, spent 6 years reporting and anchoring for television stations in Fort Myers and Austin, Minnesota and reported for WUSF Public Radio in Tampa.  Amy has two sons in college and loves fencing, performing in local theater and horseback riding.

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Patricia Sala and Larry Aguilar have been together eight years. They are working on growing past the death of her 27-year-old son Evan Shepherd, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. They talked about their struggle while remembering Evan at the StoryCorps mobile booth in Fort Myers. 

Forty-three years ago  - on March 1, 1974 -  a grand jury in Washington, D.C., indicted several former aides of President Nixon for conspiring to cover up the Watergate burglaries. They became known as the "Watergate Seven".

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Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis is on administrative leave with pay today after being charged with culpable negligence in the death of a woman participating in a citizen’s academy last August.

Officer Lee Coel will have a disciplinary hearing with the city’s human resources manager and labor attorney to determine his future employment status with the Punta Gorda police department. Coel has the right to appeal the outcome to the city manager. He was charged with manslaughter yesterday in the death of Mary Knowlton during the shoot/don’t shoot demonstration last August.

Dr. Robert Hilliard of Sanibel was a 19-year-old Purple Heart recipient serving as a reporter in the U.S. Army in Germany right after World War II ended when he was sent to cover what would become the story of his life. It was a liberation concert at a makeshift hospital and displaced persons’ camp at a former monastery outside Munich called St. Ottilien. At the Story Corps mobile booth in Fort Myers, he speaks with his friend Amy Tardif who produced a play he wrote about that experience. At 91-years-old Hilliard remains politically active. He attended the women's march in Washington, D.C. in January. He is an author and a playwright who uses his words today to fight hate. 

This month’s Versed in Florida is with Lola Haskins of Gainesville. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, and The London Review of Books. She has published 14 collections.  They include a CD of poems with cello, poetry about inland Florida, a poetry advice book, fables about women whose names begin with the letter A and a book about Florida cemeteries. She and WGCU’s Amy Tardif talk about those cemeteries as well as her poem “Prayer for the Everglades” today.