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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U.S. Department of Agriculture

In April, Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, introduced a bill (H.R. 5003) to reauthorize child nutrition programs aimed at helping kids from low income families facing food insecurity.  Opponents say a provision of the bill places 3.4 million students nationwide at risk of losing free meals at school, including more than 200,000 children in Florida at 276 schools. 

Jeffrey Smith

A recent News-Press investigation by reporter Cody Delaney looks into allegations of a culture of racial discrimination and retaliation within the Fort Myers Police Department.  The report also finds allegations of unequal application of the law when it comes to officers dealing with white citizens versus minorities.  Five civil rights lawsuits have been filed by FMPD officers against the city or the police department, and six discrimination complaints have been filed with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission against the FMPD.  

  More than a thousand people are expected to participate in Florida Gulf Coast University’s EagleLAN April 23 at Alico Arena.  The event marks the largest LAN (Local Area Network) party in Southwest Florida. 

  An initiative called One Million Moms OFF Welfare” is in Fort Myers for a two day conference with local social service agencies and low-income single mothers. 

Soaring Sky (@SoaringSkyMedia)

The El Nino weather pattern made this past January the rainiest on record for South Florida since 1932 according to the South Florida Water Management District.  Environmental advocates, business owners and public officials opposed the back-pumping of nutrient-laden agricultural runoff back into Lake Okeechobee and the billions of gallons of water that was discharged each day into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers.  Those discharges sent murky brown water to the coast around Sanibel Island.