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

 

Jessica Meszaros / WGCU

  Two Lee County assistant principals are relieved because their one-year-old son no longer has to wear a helmet that was reshaping his head for 23 hours a day. The helmet was created using a 3-D laser scanner in Fort Myers. 

Jasper Biggar was born with tightness in his neck, causing his head to favor one side more than the other. After about three months, that limited range of motion led to plagiocephaly-- also called “flat head syndrome.” Experts say between 15 and 20 percent of children get it.

Jim Bennight

  Scientists will track three Reddish Egrets at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. They’ve been tracking two on the island over the last year. The new additions are expected to give insight on sea-level rise in Florida.

Jessica Meszaros / WGCU

  

Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife is pressing for a city ordinance to protect Burrowing Owls. It doesn’t think the current state laws are strong enough. The potential city ordinance could take between six months and a year to accomplish.

Pascha Donaldson checked up on one of the 3,000 owl burrows she regularly visits in Cape Coral. This burrow was on the front lawn of a foreclosed home in the southwest part of the Cape.

Kenny Hinkle Jr. / Courtesy

 

UPDATE: Lake Okeechobee releases to the St. Lucie River are suspended until Monday due to blue-green algae.  

The algae contains low levels of a toxin called microcystin.

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