Amy Tardif

FM Station Manager & News Director

Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. She oversees a staff of 9 full and part-time people 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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Friends and "sand sisters" 65-year-old Deb Gleason of Sanibel and 67-year-old Diane Schwartz of Englewood share memories of growing up on Sanibel and Captiva in the 1950s. They both collected and sold sea shells to stores and exporters. They both lived through Hurricane Donna in 1960. And they both moved there in the second grade and attended a one-room schoolhouse.

Twenty-eight-year-old Seth Monaco interviews his wife, 31-year-old Simone Monaco about their relationship, her life, and her thoughts about their daughter with whom she was pregnant when they went into the StoryCorps mobile booth in Fort Myers. Simone talks about overcoming abuse and other things that led her to a career helping other people.

Melinda Masters

May 4, 2017

In this week’s StoryCorps of Southwest Florida, Melinda Masters tells her husband David Carnes about her evolution from being a child who was bullied to finding her calling as a social worker determined to help stop the abuse of power. She specializes in working with male sexual predators. Masters has been a feminist for as long as she can remember.

Seventeen-year-old Mari Jimenez talks to her family friend Genelle Grant in this week’s StoryCorps about the pride she has of being Mayan. Her parents are from Guatemala. They spoke indigenous languages and Spanish at home. So Jimenez first learned English when she went to preschool. She’s now trilingual and she uses her skills and her cultural ties to help others. Last year she was named a Mayan Princess.

Michael Hirsh

Former Punta Gorda Police Officer Lee Coel appealed his termination today. He was fired for his part in the shooting death of 73-year-old Mary Knowlton last August during a shoot/don’t shoot demonstration at police headquarters.  

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