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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Trauma Center Spreads Message Of Sports Safety

Aug 29, 2012

With the fall sports season underway, Southwest Florida high school athletes may benefit from some extra precautions this year.

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that high school athletes account for about 2 million injuries and 30,000 hospitalizations every year and the number is growing.  So, the Lee Memorial Health System Trauma Center has partnered with the STOP Sports Injuries campaign, a public outreach program designed to promote safe participation in sports.

The trauma center is educating coaches, parents and young athletes to reduce the number of preventable injuries.

The Lee County Emergency Operations Center has rescinded the mandatory evacuation orders, effective immediately, for the following areas of Lee County:

Beach Beach

Fort Myers Beach

Big and Little Hickory Islands

Black Island

Lovers Key

San Carlos Island

The Lee County Emergency Operations Center announces closure of shelters located at Dunbar High School, Island Coast High School, and Varsity Lakes Middle School as of 6 p.m.

The general population is still able to shelter at East Lee County High School and the pet friendly South Fort Myers High School.

Special needs populations are still being sheltered at Harborside Event Center.

The following shelters are now closed in Collier County. These closings are the result of improving weather conditions and minimal power outages:

Some airlines at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) have announced cancellations due to Tropical Storm Isaac.

Those planning to fly or meet passengers within the next 24 hours are urged to contact their respective airlines for the most up-to-date information on any impact by Tropical Storm Isaac. For airline websites and phone numbers, please visit

As weather patterns change, so can the status of flights, which is why we urge passengers to contact their airlines.

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: