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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University of Florida researchers think they found a way to help Florida’s embattled citrus industry-- it's been devastated by the citrus greening disease. The solution is a variety of trees that growers want and scientists don’t know much about.  

This week on Gulf Coast Live! we speak with Doris Weatherford, author of “They Dared To Dream: Florida Women Who Shaped History.” The book, published in May by the University Press of Florida, offers an extensive look into Florida’s powerful women through time.

Planning Commission Staff Report

The Sarasota County Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to rezone more than eight acres of land in Englewood for a Buddhist monastery. This is just a recommendation for Sarasota County Commissioners, who have the final say in October. Many residents support the monastery, but not all.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida / Courtesy

An environmental advocacy group has a message for locals about the Burmese python. These non-native, invasive snakes are changing the ecosystem within the everglades. And the Conservancy of Southwest Florida says if you encounter one, do not kill it.  They’re asking you to report it through an app on your smartphone.

Jessica Meszaros / WGCU News

Local volunteers snorkeled Pine Island Sound recently to count scallops. It was the sixth annual Great Bay Scallop Search in Lee County. Scallop numbers were so low in the 1980s,  it caused a local fishery to close. Now, Florida Sea Grant is checking to see if those numbers are bouncing back.

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