Amy Tardif

FM Station Manager & News Director

Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. She oversees a staff of 10 full and part-time people and interns 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.  Tardif has been selected twice to serve as a managing editor for NPR's Next Generation Radio Project.  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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Photos: Karen Hirsh (left) / Lt. Jack Carollo, U.S. Army


This month PBS stations across the country are in the midsts of airing The Vietnam War, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.  The series strives to offer a comprehensive view of the war and the social and political environment of the 1960s. On Gulf Coast Live, we're also offering a unique perspective on the war from a one-time Army combat correspondent.

First Generation Asian Americans, Nina Chen Langenmayr of Bryn Maur FL, and her sister, Stacey Cannington of Fort Myers, talk in this week’s StoryCorps of southwest Florida about their parents immigrating to the United States from China in the 1940s, assimilating to American culture, and moving to Kissimmee before Disney.

36-year-old James Pickett of Labelle interviews his friend, 30-year-old Stephanie Serrano of Fort Myers in this week’s StoryCorps of Fort Myers. They share their faith in God, their friendship, and their experiences with cerebral palsy.

In this week’s StoryCorps of southwest Florida, 70-year-old Anne McCrary Sullivan talks to her domestic partner, 64-year-old Lynn Webster, about the profound sense of emotions she experiences when visiting certain places. Sullivan was an artist-in-residence at Everglades National Park.

Jessica Meszaros

Manatee County crews removed a Confederate monument from the county courthouse overnight. After lengthy public debates, Commissioners voted Tuesday to remove the monument until a decision can be reached on a prominent, respectful site.

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