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 public radio to be the Chair-Elect of RTDNA, having previously served as 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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12:07 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Pink Shrimp May Indicate Whether or Not the Everglades are Healthy

Credit Susanna Wohlpart

For decades, scientists have been looking into whether the condition of the Gulf’s pink shrimp can show us how Everglades’ restoration is doing. However, funding for this type of research was cut a few years ago.

Now, at least one restoration task force wants data scientists don’t have. Anecdotally, bait shrimpers aren’t doing too well and Gulf shrimpers have said their catch isn’t what it used to be.

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8:35 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Diego Alejandro Fernandez - a Christmas Card for Erica

This month’s Versed in Florida is with poet Diego Alejandro Fernandez, an FGCU senior studying anthropology with a minor in creative writing. He spoke with WGCU’s Amy Tardif about his influences and how reading changed his style of writing.

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3:12 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Draft Everglades System Status Report Open for Public Review

Credit Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan

A document showing how the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan is doing has been released. The agencies involved are looking for your feedback.

The US Army Corps of Engineers’ and South Florida Water Managers’ 2014 system status report is open for public comment until April 29th. It evaluates data that determines if everglades restoration goals are being met. It also provides input for a report to Congress next year – one that’s required every five years.

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8:35 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Allison Serraes - “The Way She Plays”

This month’s “Versed in Florida” poet is Allison Serraes. She’s a graduate student studying English literature at Florida Gulf Coast University. She also plays a bit of ukulele.

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9:06 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Joe Newman, 101-Year-Old Man, Aims to Run for Congress

101-year-old Joe Newman aims to run for Congress.
Credit The Joe Newman Campaign for Congress

A 101-year-old man is running for Congress in Sarasota. He hopes to challenge four term Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan for his District 16 congressional seat as a write-in candidate this year.  

Joe Newman was born in 1913. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and was involved in creating centers and associations for the mentally disabled in Indiana. He took on this work after he and his late wife had a child with profound disabilities. 

Newman told WGCU’s Amy Tardif he’s running as an Independent at this point in his life because he’s unhappy with the state of the nation.