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.

Send news pitches to wgcunews at


12:48 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Eugenie Clark, Mote Founder, Dies at 92

Sad to report that the "Shark Lady" of Mote Marine Laboratory Eugenie Clark passed away this week at the age of 92. She dove for the last time in 2014. Here's a documentary Amy Tardif did on her in 2005.


8:45 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Sara Comito – All Drains Lead to the Sea

This month’s Versed in Florida is with Sara Comito. She graduated with an English degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and has been living in Fort Myers for the past 13 years. Comito works as communications editor for a local PR and Marketing agency. Her poetry has appeared in dozens of print and electronic journals and anthologies.

Undeterred by the small size of their square city lot, she and her stonemason husband have become urban farmers and beekeepers, eschewing the traditional front lawn for a jungle of fruits, veggies and flowering plants much of which, she tells WGCU’s Amy Tardif, has now become a muse for her poetry. 

Read more
9:28 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Theatre Conspiracy Realizes Dream by Staging “For Colored Girls”

Credit Amy Tardif

A local theater company debuts a show this week at Florida Southwestern State College that is a first for Fort Myers. Theatre Conspiracy’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” by Ntozake Shange features an all-black cast, director and stage manager. The company’s artistic director hopes this is the start of regular shows geared toward minority artists.

Read more
8:45 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Sidney Wade

This month’s Versed in Florida is with poet Sidney Wade. She teaches English at the University of Florida. Her poems and translations of foreign language poems have appeared in a wide variety of journals, including Poetry, The New Yorker, Grand Street, and The Paris Review. WADE's sixth collection of poems, Straits & Narrows, was published in 2013. Her Turkish poetry translations will be published in October. Lately she’s only been writing poems about birds, including this one about Burrowing Owls, she explained to WGCU’s Amy Tardif.

Read more
Law and Order
4:53 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Independent Lens Tells Cape Coral Soldier’s Whistle Blower Story

Adam Winfield
Credit Independent Lens

A  Cape Coral man is the focus of an Independent Lens film airing on WGCU World (30.2/Cable 201) January 21 at 7:30pm.  Adam Winfield was a soldier in Afghanistan. He tried to blow the whistle on war crimes his troop was committing. The men were killing Afghani civilians and planting weapons on them to stage the incidents. Winfield’s life was threatened after he started telling his father Chris Winfield through Facebook chat sessions about what was going on. Then he says he was forced to become part of one the murders. He was arrested and tried.

Read more