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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Update 8/24/12 9:30 AM

Dial 2-1-1 for evacuation and shelter information in Lee County, 3-1-1 in Collier.

The Lee County Emergency Operations Center has ordered a mandatory evacuation for the following areas of the county:

Bonita Beach
Fort Myers Beach

Big & Little Hickory Islands

Black Island

Lovers Key

San Carlos Island

Five hurricane shelters will be opened this morning:

Amy Tardif

People in southwest Florida should start feeling hurricane force winds and rain Sunday morning. People on barrier islands may face evacuations as a 5 to 7 foot storm surge is predicted. Shelters will open around Naples Sunday.

The propane tank line is constant at the local RV resort where Marc Lang is at the front. He says he’s been through the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 and doesn’t plan to go anywhere or even board up his house but is playing it safe by filling up his propane tank.

As Tropical Storm Isaac continues to head toward the Caribbean, the American Red Cross asks all Florida residents to take precautions. Red Cross disaster teams are assembling and coordinating with local governments. Locally, Red Cross volunteers have been asked to be on full alert as the potential for severe weather is expected to increase into the weekend.

  • A hurricane watch is now in effect for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as Tropical Isaac continues its trek through the Caribbean.  At 11:00 AM the center of the storm was located near latitude 15.9 north,  longitude 59.3 west with sustained winds of 45 miles an hour. Isaac is expected to develop into a hurricane as it moves toward the west at about 21 miles an hour.

The new Park Royal mental health hospital in south Fort Myers hopes to hear soon whether its application to become a privately operated Baker Act center has been approved.  The state Department of Children and Families held a public hearing on the request Monday.

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