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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The number of opioid-related deaths in Florida increased 35 percent in 2016 according to a report released last week by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  The report, based on data collected from medical examiners across the state, finds that overdose deaths caused by the power synthetic opioid fentanyl shot up 97 percent last year and that the presence of fentanyl in overdose victims increased 80 percent. We talk with Lee Health Emergency Department physician Dr. Aaron Wohl, Director of Residential Programs at SalusCare Steven Hill, and Chief Medical Examiner for Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit Dr. Russell Vega.

Thanksgiving (ENCORE)

Nov 17, 2017
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Thanksgiving is officially now less than a week away, which means preparations for the holiday should be well underway.  If you’re stressed because you haven’t found the time to begin preparing your home for visitors, to brine a turkey or to select all the items for your table spread, you’re in good company.

The Good Bad Kids

Nov 16, 2017
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The Naples-based band, “The Good Bad Kids,” performs live in studio.  The duo’s high-energy mix of Americana, Folk, Rock, Punk and Bluegrass original songs and covers regularly brings audiences to their feet at performance venues throughout Florida and beyond.  We’ll talk with band members Nicky Ray D’Agostino and Matt McWaters who both serve as lead vocalists delivering tight vocal harmonies.

Jessica Meszaros, WGCU

WGCU reporter Jessica Meszaros has been on assignment in Guatemala for the past week. She is traveling through rural areas of the Central American country with a group of women from Southwest who are members of a community service initiative from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers called, The GRACE Project.  That stands for the Guatemalan Rural Adult and Children’s Education Project. 

The African Children’s Choir has been performing for audiences all over the world for more than 30 years and will come to Southwest Florida for a performance at the First Baptist Church of Cape Coral on Nov. 26.

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