Jessica Meszaros

Host, Reporter

Jessica Meszaros is a reporter and host of All Things Considered for WGCU News.

She won five Florida Associated Press Broadcasters awards in 2017: Two were for light news features, including coverage of the state's wild pig meat industry, and of local conversations about death preparedness. Jessica was also recognized for her live afternoon newscast discussing Florida's controversial death penalty process, and a toxic red tide algae bloom poisoning Southwest Florida's marine life. Her live call-in talk show about LGBT legislation in Florida and the deadliest year for the transgender community also won. And finally, Jessica won as part of the WGCU news team covering a local shooting that left two teens dead

Her story on the state struggling to eradicate diseased and abandoned orange groves won an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for Excellence in Writing, and second place for Best Writing in PRNDI's Division B category in 2017. 

In 2016, she won two  Murrow regional awards for best newscast and best writing. She also won second place in the 2016 Sunshine State Awards for her general coverage of Florida's environmental issues. 

Jessica was previously a freelance multimedia reporter for Miami’s public radio station, WLRN Radio, for more than two years.

In the summer of 2013, Jessica interned for NPR's All Things Considered  in Washington D.C. She has a background in newspaper reporting from her summer 2014 internship with the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida.  

Jessica graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Honors College.

jmeszaros@wgcu.org

 

Courtesy / Guadalupe Center

The nonprofit Guadalupe Center in Collier County is recruiting more mentors for Immokalee high school students next week. And as part of a dual-mentorship program, the high schoolers then tutor “at risk” elementary school kids in their community. 

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Temperatures will lower to around 30 degrees Wednesday night in Southwest Florida. It's the second time cold weather has prompted local shelters to open in 2018, so far. 

Jessica Meszaros / WGCU News

Farmworker advocates educated locals in Naples this week about the history of abuse in the fields. They also tried recruiting more people to boycott Wendy’s later this month because of where the fast food chain gets its produce. 

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

With near-freezing overnight temperatures forecast for the next several nights across Southwest Florida, cold weather shelters have opened in the region. 

Below is a list of available shelters by county. 

FWC website

Federal wildlife officials proposed Tuesday to protect a crayfish only found in Bay County under the Endangered Species Act. 

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