John Davis

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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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More than 215 million gallons of contaminated and radioactive water entered the Floridan Aquifer when a sinkhole opened up at the Mosaic Company’s phosphate plant in New Wales, just 30 miles east of Tampa. The company says its been working to recover the contaminated water and is providing free water quality testing, but Mosaic and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection have faced criticism for not disclosing the incident to the public for nearly three weeks. Now a class action lawsuit has been filed against the phosphate giant on behalf of nearby residents. 

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A non-profit research center in Fort Myers is joining the rapidly developing field of genetic research. The Clinical & Translational Genome Research Institute opened this month at Florida Gulf Coast University’s newly completed Emergent Technologies Institute.  

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In a state among the deadliest in the nation for bicyclists and pedestrians, Southwest Florida ranks among the most dangerous parts of the state for those on the road who aren't behind the wheel.

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It's been a rough season for Florida’s tomato farmers. One of the wettest winters in decades gave way to growing season marked by disease and low yields. That's seen growers send off nearly 23 percent fewer boxes of Florida tomatoes to market this year.

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The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Inc. found Florida ranks 49th in the country on per-capita spending on access to mental healthcare services.  A state Department of Children and Families report finds more than 330,000 children in Florida struggle with serious emotional disturbances.  

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