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 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. She is 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. 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 also loves spending time with her two teenaged sons, performing in local theater and horseback riding.

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Poetry
8:35 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Hunt Hawkins – My Cat Jack

This month’s Versed in Florida is with Hunt Hawkins - Chair of the English Department at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He previously held the same position at Florida State University. He earned both his Masters and his Ph.D. from Stanford. Hawkins specializes in Modern British Literature, Postcolonial Literature, and poetry writing. He’s published two books and many articles and poems including today’s - about his late Cat named Jack. He told WGCU’s Amy Tardif how he gets his muse.

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Arts
1:00 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Urban Expressionist Marcus Jansen

Credit Barbara Steinhoff WGCU

Internationally known modern urban expressionist painter Marcus Jansen comes home to lecture in the Florida Gulf Coast University Cohen Center Ballroom November 5 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Free tickets should be reserved at scaconference.com. He has upcoming shows in London, Rome, Beijing and New York City.

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Weather
9:27 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Hurricane Gonzalo to Strengthen; Cold Front Coming

Unsettled weather ahead of a cold front has entered the State of Florida. Meanwhile in the tropics, category 2, Hurricane Gonzalo strikes the Virgin Islands overnight.

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Weather
10:56 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Tropical Storm Gonzalo forms Sunday

Credit FPREN

Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed east of the Leeward Islands Sunday and could become the season's next hurricane by Tuesday.

Hurricane Hunters found a closed center and tropical storm force winds near previously designated Invest 90 on Sunday afternoon. The National Hurricane Center says newly formed Tropical Storm Gonzalo could be a hurricane as it turns north east of The Bahamas by Tuesday.

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Law and Order
4:54 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Florida Police Use Body Cameras

West Midlands Police

More Florida police departments are equipping their officers with body cameras. Some cities like Miami Beach even plan to have other types of employees including code enforcement officers wear cameras. And the US Border Patrol will begin testing them on agents next month. In the aftermath of last month’s police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri the devices are garnering support but they’re also raising privacy concerns.

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