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 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. 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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Law and Order
4:54 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Florida Police Use Body Cameras

West Midlands Police

More Florida police departments are equipping their officers with body cameras. Some cities like Miami Beach even plan to have other types of employees including code enforcement officers wear cameras. And the US Border Patrol will begin testing them on agents next month. In the aftermath of last month’s police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri the devices are garnering support but they’re also raising privacy concerns.

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8:30 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Naomi Rosado – The Shore

This month’s Versed in Florida is with University of South Florida senior Naomi Rosado. She’s studying English, Creative Writing and possibly music. She just transferred to Tampa from FGCU and is originally from the Miami area. Rosado tells WGCU’s Amy Tardif she started writing poetry in seventh grade but didn’t take it seriously until this year.

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1:00 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

FGCU Library Unveils William R. Maples Collection

The Florida Gulf Coast University library unveils the William R. Maples Collection this week. Titled “Dead Men Do Tell Tales” (the same title as his memoir) it’s the field notes, cases, photographs and personal papers documenting this world renowned forensic anthropologist’s investigations between 1960 and 1997. Maples ran the C. A. Pound Human Identification Center at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The event is Thursday 8/21/14 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm on the 3rd floor of the FGCU Library. The exhibit runs through November 14. 

Some of his most notorious cases included his examination of John Merrick “The Elephant Man”, his investigations of the death of Russia’s last Czar and his family including his daughter Anastasia who Maples’ wife Margaret says he did not believe was ever found, and his investigation of the death of Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Margaret Maples Gilliland donated the collection to FGCU’s library in honor of FGCU forensic anthropologist Heather Walsh-Haney who was one of his students.

Thanks to popular television shows like “Bones” are you willing to peer into this sometimes gruesome world to learn the truth?

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1:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Naples Documentarian’s Interview with the Holocaust Denier

  When Marina Berkovich escaped Kiev, USSR and landed in the United States as an 18-year-old refugee she never would have guessed her career as a Naples documentary producer would put her face-to-face with a Holocaust denier. Kiev, she said, was the “City of Denial” in the USSR, a country of denial, after all.

Then this spring a BBC TV show, which uses DNA analysis to find out more about historical figures, claimed Hitler’s mistress had Jewish heritage. They said they had used some of Eva Braun’s hair for the test. Berkovich and her husband were assigned to get reaction for a prime Russian TV network. And that reaction would be from one of the world’s leading Holocaust deniers, who claimed to own a lock of Hitler’s hair. We’ll hear from Berkovich on how she dealt with this rare interview and why the denier is in Florida.

8:35 am
Tue July 8, 2014


This month’s Versed in Florida is with poet Jay Hopler. He’s been published in American Poetry Review, The New Republic, the New Yorker and SLATE. And he’s written three books of poems. He has degrees from Purdue, Johns Hopkins, NYU and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. And as Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida in Tampa, he tells WGCU’s Amy Tardif, he passes on his craft.

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