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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Former President Bill Clinton toured Florida today speaking on behalf of President Barak Obama. He spoke to a crowd of about 1300 at Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers.

Ex-President Bill Clinton told the crowd about President Obama’s plans for the future.  

Governor Rick Scott introduced his legislative agenda for education at a summit in Fort Myers today.  It’s based on what he learned from educators and others on a recent statewide listening tour.  Its aim is to implement a smooth transition to national Common Core Standards within two years and to support teachers.   

The interstate has reopened. The Florida Highway Patrol reports there are twelve separate investigations.  Fifty-two patients were injured in the crash involving 47 vehicles. (22 Transported to Sarasota Hospital – 10 Transported to Manatee Hospital) Two were transported via Bayflite with non-Life threatening injuries.


Florida Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today the Citrus Research and Development Foundation in Lake Alfred, Florida will receive nine million dollars for research to stop and prevent transmission of the bacterial disease called citrus greening. 

A woman known for raising awareness of childhood sexual abuse is helping launch a new curriculum for Florida’s kindergartners. Gina Jordan reports Florida is now the first state to implement such a program.

“Do you think it’s ok to keep an unsafe secret is someone asks you to?”


Lauren Book is reading to a kindergarten class in Tallahassee.

“Can you think of another kind of unsafe secret?”

It’s part of a new kindergarten curriculum called Safer, Smarter Kids.