Amy Tardif

FM Station Manager & News Director

Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. She oversees a staff of 9 full and part-time people 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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Michael Hirsh

Former Punta Gorda Police Officer Lee Coel appealed his termination today. He was fired for his part in the shooting death of 73-year-old Mary Knowlton last August during a shoot/don’t shoot demonstration at police headquarters.  

The Lewis Family

Apr 20, 2017

Ninety-year-old Ted Lewis of Fort Myers went into the StoryCorps booth with his daughter Kira Lewis to describe his service during World War Two flying a B-29 bomber over Japan. Ted says he graduated from high school at age 17 and immediately enlisted in the Air Force.

Iris DeHoyos

Apr 13, 2017

NFL Panther safety Tre Boston is from Fort Myers. Today we hear from his mother, 43-year-old Iris De Hoyos. She went into the StoryCorps booth with her friend, Larry Aguilar, to talk about the resilience it took for her to leave poverty and abuse in her hometown in Texas and move here to make a new life for her sons.

Today’s StoryCorps subject goes by two names: Michael Clay Johnson and Luigi Pasquale Enfante. The 70-year-old talks with his wife, 73-year-old Margaret Johnson at the StoryCorps mobile booth in Fort Myers about being adopted at age 3, finding his biological family as an adult, and how this changed his life.

The Castano Brothers

Mar 30, 2017

David and Jonathan Castano of Fort Myers grew up together without a father figure. The brothers in their twenties have a close bond and they came to the StoryCorps mobile booth in Fort Myers to talk about how being together and apart has shaped their lives. 

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