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

 

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A Lee County Circuit court judge will decide in about a week if Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam can continue denying reimbursement to residents for their healthy citrus trees his department removed. 

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A German journalist recently kayaked about a hundred miles along the Great Calusa Blueway in Lee County over a span of nine days. Dirk Rohrbach did this as part of his multimedia project called, “50 States- A Journey into America.” He’s documenting an adventure in each state with a videographer. Rohrbach was a physician and radio journalist in Germany. He’s also published in National Geographic. 

WGCU’s Jessica Meszaros spoke with Rohrbach in-studio just hours after getting off his kayak on Thursday, Feb 1. 

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High arsenic levels on Pine Island prompted the state to get involved in Lee County's cleanup process. That came out of the most recent County Conservation 20/20 Committee meeting last week.  

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Soil samples tested for arsenic on Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve came back “inconclusive.” The soil tests were prompted after high levels of arsenic were recently found in the groundwater there. Lee County’s Conservation 20/20 Committee, which owns and manages the land, met Wednesday, Jan. 31 to talk about the results and what comes next.

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On this last day of January, which is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the full hour of Gulf Coast Live will focus on victims of sex trafficking. WGCU’s Jessica Meszaros has been working on the story, and the information she found on this growing trend may come as a surprise.

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