John Davis

Host, Reporter

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida.  Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.

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Warming temperatures and ocean acidification are significant threats to coral reefs, but a new study by Mote Marine Laboratory researchers last month provides something of a silver lining.   Researchers found that ocean acidification could actually help slow the progression of a disease that kills corals.

Amy Bennett Williams

The sweltering heat of sub-tropical summer has taken hold here in Southwest Florida.  On the bright side though, it’s the time of year when delicious mangoes abound and when Southwest Florida residents look forward to MangoMania, which hits Pine Island this weekend.  While our taste buds may relish their juicy sweetness, the fruit comes with its perils.  Many people either have or can develop an allergic reaction to the skin of mangoes and their sticky sap.

Jerry Reid, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service via WikiMedia Commons

Scientists with Mote Marine Laboratory will begin a yearlong effort this summer to restore about 25,000 corals in the Florida Keys.  State lawmakers approved a $500,000 appropriation for the project in this year’s state legislative session.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

A new adult-care clinic in Newtown opened this month.  A community-wide partnership aims to make the clinic a ‘one-stop-shop’ for a variety of needs for the community just north of the city of Sarasota, where access to medical care and other services has been a challenge. 

Amy Bennett Williams

Much of Southwest Florida’s beachfront is known for great shelling opportunities.  So, it’s only fitting that for this week’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams we delve into the world of mollusks.  Mollusks are easy to overlook, but they do comprise nearly a quarter of all the named marine organisms humans have documented. And the variety of colors and shell patterns characteristic to each species have inspired some pretty interesting common names.  Some evoke elegance and grace.  Some evoke fear and some of those common names are just plain bizarre.