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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Update: There will be a runoff election on November 8 for Lee County Supervisor of Elections between Sharon Harrington who got 43% of the vote and Tommy Doyle who got 33.5% of the vote.  

Senator Marco Rubio supporters celebrated the incumbent’s victory in the G-O-P primary race for his current seat. During a watch party tonight in Kissimmee Rubio thanked voters for getting his one step closer to a return to Washington.

Longtime supporter Carlos Cabrera said Rubio is the only candidate for the seat.

“He is very important in the Senate because if we lose the Senate, the country is going to be controlled by Supreme Court justices that are going to issue laws of their own for a generation,” said Cabrera.

Republican Greg Steube of Sarasota won the GOP nomination for the State Senate District 23 seat being vacated by Nancy Detert. It covers Sarasota and Charlotte Counties.

Sarasota Herald Tribune Political editor Zach Anderson spoke to WUSF about the race. He said Steube, whose father is Manatee County sheriff Brad Steube, won by a slim margin.

Gene Wilder

Aug 29, 2016

Actor and author Gene Wilder died today at age 83. On October 25, 2007 WGCU’s Amy Tardif interviewed him on Gulf Coast Live Arts Edition. He was about to appear at the Sarasota Reading Festival. He joined us live by phone from his home in Connecticut for a discussion about life, acting and writing. They chatted about stage, screen and the loves of his life including his marriage to the late Gilda Radner and his continued efforts to fight ovarian cancer.

Update: The Republican candidate who was to compete with the Democratic winner in the general election in November, Virginia Algar, passed away in July. 

Four Democratic candidates hope to become Desoto County’s next sheriff. Incumbent Sheriff Will Wise is retiring.  The Democratic contenders all have decades of experience in law enforcement.

Craig Aument has worked for the DeSoto County Sheriff’s office for more than 30 years. He started in the county jail and worked his way up to commander. He said that’s the way to have the best trained, best prepared candidate step into office.