Amy Tardif

FM Station Manager & News Director

Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. She oversees a staff of 5 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 is currently the Chair of RTDNF. 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 also loves spending time with her two teenaged sons, fencing, performing in local theater and horseback riding.

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There’s an ongoing effort to change the reputation of mullet. The fish was mostly used as bait. But now, mullet and its roe are appearing on menus at fancy US restaurants and business owners are betting on a growing demand for the fish. Meet some southwest Floridians who are giving mullet a second chance:

Naples voice actor Peter Thomas died Saturday.  He was 91. He joined the Army after graduating from high school in 1943 and was sent to Omaha Beach the day after D-Day. He received five battle stars, including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his military service in five major campaigns including the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.  

This month’s Versed in Florida is with poet Dr. James Brock. He’s the author of four books of poetry, a playwright and founding member of the Ghostbird Theatre Company in Fort Myers. Brock teaches literature and writing at Florida Gulf Coast University, and he curates Versed in Florida for WGCU. He tells Amy Tardif there are a lot of current events mentioned in this month’s poem, some of which are quite raw. Brock also talks about racism in the classroom.

The Radio Television Digital News Association has awarded the WGCU News team five Edward R. Murrow regional Awards. WGCU competes in RTDNA Region 13, which is comprised of Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Read more and click on the links below  to listen to the winning stories:

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The AP has called the presidential primaries in Florida.

It reports businessman Donald Trump won in the Republican race and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won on the Democratic side.