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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Dr. Robert Hilliard of Sanibel was a 19-year-old Purple Heart recipient serving as a reporter in the U.S. Army in Germany right after World War II ended when he was sent to cover what would become the story of his life. It was a liberation concert at a makeshift hospital and displaced persons’ camp at a former monastery outside Munich called St. Ottilien. At the Story Corps mobile booth in Fort Myers, he speaks with his friend Amy Tardif who produced a play he wrote about that experience. At 91-years-old Hilliard remains politically active. He attended the women's march in Washington, D.C. in January. He is an author and a playwright who uses his words today to fight hate. 

This month’s Versed in Florida is with Lola Haskins of Gainesville. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, and The London Review of Books. She has published 14 collections.  They include a CD of poems with cello, poetry about inland Florida, a poetry advice book, fables about women whose names begin with the letter A and a book about Florida cemeteries. She and WGCU’s Amy Tardif talk about those cemeteries as well as her poem “Prayer for the Everglades” today. 

This month’s Versed in Florida is with Lola Haskins. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, and The London Review of Books. She’s won numerous poetry prizes, was included in Billy Collins’ 180 project and was featured by Ted Kooser and Garrison Keillor. She has published 14 collections, recorded a CD of poems with cello, appeared in multimedia pieces at the Hippodrome State Theater in Gainesville and wrote numerous other poems blended with voice and music. She and WGCU’s Amy Tardif talk about those kinds of pieces and more today. 

Michael Hirsh


Punta Gorda is now home to a new permanent replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall.  Nearly 1,000 people, many of them Vietnam Veterans, attended the dedication in Laishley Park in Punta Gorda on Saturday.  

The half-scale memorial is the seventh replica of the dramatic and once-controversial monument to be built in the United States.  

The Punta Gorda Police Department said it learned Monday that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has sent its criminal investigative report into the death of Mary Knowlton to the State Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors will make a decision on criminal charges. The 73-year-old retired librarian was shot and killed by Punta Gorda officer Lee Coel in August during a role playing scenario.