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

 

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.

Jessica Meszaros / WGCU

It’s common to see dolphins come up to a tour boat and jump in its wake. But there’s a growing campaign that wants ecotours to keep their distance. Across the country, there are 18 of these tours certified “Dolphin SMART." The program’s mission is to prevent boats from interrupting the natural behavior of wild dolphins. 

Jessica Meszaros / WGCU

The Federal Emergency Management Agency  is in Cape Coral this week. The city was one of 18 selected in the country for a natural disaster simulation.  Cape Coral will suffer a mock Category 5 hurricane.

Sovereign Health of Florida / Courtesy

A residential treatment center filed a Fair Housing Act lawsuit against the city of Fort Myers. The health facility said the city is "discriminating" against its clientele.

Sovereign Health of Florida opened in the Riverside Drive community in late 2014. The center has about 20 residents being treated for mental illness or recovering from substance abuse.

Connie Ramos is spokesperson for Sovereign. She said the city of Fort Myers denied the center’s application for a permanent business tax receipt various times. 

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