Amy Tardif

FM Station Manager & News Director

Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. She oversees a staff of 10 full and part-time people and interns 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.  Tardif has been selected twice to serve as a managing editor for NPR's Next Generation Radio Project.  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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James and Rachel Bass of Cape Coral talk about their interracial marriage, moving to Florida, James's fears as a black man in a mostly white community, and Rachel's response to her once naive perception of race in the United States in this week’s StoryCorps of southwest Florida.

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An anthropologist pursuing his Ph.D. at Brown University spent the past few months researching the H-2A guest worker program in Florida’s citrus industry. He heads to Mexico this summer to spend time with those workers in their own communities.

47-year-old Jeffrey Peterman of Alva remembers his father Jerome Peterman, who passed away recently from ALS. The elder Peterman was a pilot and a larger-than-life character who Jeffrey did not always get along with, until the end.

Kristin Ritts memorializes her late husband Roy Ritts, a notable immunologist in this week’s StoryCorps. The Purple Heart recipient had his hand in early AIDS Research and worked closely with Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackman on Roe v. Wade. Ritts was one of the first to be awarded patents on monoclonal antibodies – which are antibodies made in a lab rather than by a person’s immune system. And he was involved in some of the first transplants in the United States.

17-year old Lisa Gitau interviews her father Martin Ndungu about his upbringing in Kenya, his passion for his work transporting the medically disabled in southwest Florida, his proudest moments, and his dreams for the future.