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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Former newspaperman and Tampa author Tim Dorsey is out with his 19th book about Florida serial killer and anti-hero Serge Storms. After growing up just north of Miami, working as a journalist, then as the Tampa Tribune’s night metro editor and now going on book tours around the state for the past 18 years, Dorsey has plenty of stories to tell. Real ones. Real crazy ones.

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We explore Seminole Indian Patchwork. The Seminole Tribe of Florida adopted the colorful clothing shortly before 1920.

Designs used on women’s skirts today are extremely intricate. It’s a technique that has been passed down from generation to generation and now there’s a commercial market for it.

Seminole patchwork is a creative source of cultural pride and artistic achievement.

Our guests are several women who make, teach, wear and show Seminole patchwork.

City of Belle Glade

Small towns around Lake Okeechobee have been feeling the effects of record rainfall.

The Vice Mayor of  Belle Glade in Palm Beach County urged water managers to keep her residents’ safety in mind Thursday.

Here are Senator Nelson's remarks on the Senate floor on Monday:

A group of bi-partisan Florida lawmakers in both the U.S. House and Senate introduced legislation today to expedite Everglade’s restoration projects.

It comes just days after the US Army Corps of Engineers began releasing water from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers.

This month’s Versed in Florida poet is Naples born and raised Eddie Krez-MIN-skee. He’s a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University and plans to get an M.F.A. in creative writing. His work has previously appeared in Foliate Oak and The Mangrove Review. In his spare time he reads, writes, and plays bass in two bands. His poems have his father in common, as he tells WGCU’s Amy Tardif.