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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Members of Southwest Florida’s LGBTQ community and LGBT-friendly business owners celebrated a ribbon cutting Thursday evening for the region’s newest business networking organization: The Southwest Florida Harmony Chamber of Commerce.  The chamber was created to promote networking within the region’s LGBT friendly businesses and to promote economic opportunities for chamber members.

Chamber members also aim to promote Southwest Florida as an LGBT-welcoming tourist destination.

Confederate Memorial Day

Apr 21, 2017

Next Wednesday will mark Confederate Memorial Day in Florida.  The holiday recognizes the roughly 258,000 Confederate soldiers who died in the line of duty during the American Civil War.  That’s prompted this week’s essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams looking back on her own son’s time in elementary school and reflecting on some of the historic portraits that hung to walls of his school.

Lee County Black History Society

This Sunday marks the Easter Holiday and here in Southwest Florida residents are gearing up for a long-held tradition in Fort Myers that today attracts tens of thousands of people:  The Dunbar Easter Parade.  This week’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams pays homage to the legendary local who founded the parade 72 years ago.

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Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase penalties and jail time for people unlawfully in the U.S. convicted of certain violent offenses.  The bill is progressing through the House with sponsor Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, arguing it would increase public safety and send a message to federal immigration authorities.  Opponents question the bill’s constitutionality, and say Rep. Eagle is misusing data to bolster his case. 

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Long-time listeners and readers of News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams are well aware of her passion for Southwest Florida’s wild spaces.  In today’s essay, Williams’ takes us along for a couple of family journeys, hiking the miles of muddy trails in Estero Bay Preserve State Park.  The protected mangroves and marshes in the preserve provide vital habitat for indigenous wildlife and a buffer from the impacts of creeping development on Estero Bay itself, which was Florida’s first aquatic preserve.

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