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

In 2016, she won two Edward R. 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.


Jean Hall / Courtesy

CORRECTION: The trash cans on Marco Island beach are the responsibility of Collier County and not the city of Marco Island. 

A natural predator has wiped out all of the nests from a group of shore birds on Marco Island Beach. They come every summer between May and July. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says it's the largest nesting colony of Black Skimmers in the state. The bird is a species of special concern in Florida because if its low numbers. 

South Florida Water Management District

The South Florida Water Management District and Lee County have partnered to bring back a vital plant in the Caloosahatchee River. Tape Grass has not flourished in the river for about 15 years. Over $100,000 will be spent on the three-year project.

Ted Hoffman / Rural Neighborhoods Inc.

Rural Neighborhoods Inc., a Florida nonprofit, wants to build more than just affordable housing in the blighted area of Immokalee. It wants to build a community for its residents.

Dave Graff / Rookery Bay Reserve

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve partnered for public talks in Naples this week. They want a sandbar near Marco Island to be designated as a “critical wildlife area" because the number of nesting shore birds is declining there.

Joe Berg / Courtesy

A Mote Marine Laboratory scientist will try to find out why a type of coral in the Florida Keys is dying. Staghorn corals help create reefs and provide a critical habitat to the thousands of species that live within them. The number of these corals sharply declined over the last three decades-- 97-percent of them are gone.