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.



NOTE: This blog post will be updated throughout the storm.

As Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida, mandatory evacuations are being issued. Below are the evacuations:

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Florida health officials say after major storms and natural disasters, there’s an increase of carbon monoxide poisoning cases, and they're informing people why and how to prevent it aheadof Hurricane Irma. 

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There’s quite a bit of livestock in rural parts of Southwest Florida. Gene McAvoy with the University of Florida stationed in Hendry County says the best thing to do with livestock ahead of a major storm like Hurricane Irma is to just leave them alone.

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Southwest Florida farmers just started planting produce, like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash and melons about three weeks ago. It's about 10 percent of the year's veggie production. Gene McAvoy is University of Florida's regional vegetable extension agent in Hendry County. He says farmers are still planting this week, even though Hurricane Irma is projected to hit South Florida this weekend. 

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Florida’s sugar is ready to be harvested in about three weeks. It’s a more than $3 billion industry in the state spanning from Hendry County to Palm Beach County. With Hurricane Irma expected to make landfall in South Florida this weekend, University of Florida’s Gene McAvoy says the sugarcane should survive the storm.