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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Voters could soon decide the future of solar power in Florida. Amendment 1 will come before Florida voters on the Nov. 8 ballot, and it promises to protect "the rights of electricity consumers regarding solar energy choice" by amending the state constitution.

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More than 200,000 people every year survive a stroke in Florida, but no two strokes are the same, and recovery can be a challenge. A new play opening in November at the Laboratory Theater of Florida in Fort Myers takes a unique approach to telling the story of life after stroke.

Employment can be an important step in recovering from mental illness in terms of regaining dignity and providing focus and a sense of purpose to people’s lives.  However, a 2014 report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness finds that about 80 percent of U.S. residents receiving public mental health services are unemployed.  In Florida that unemployment rate stands at 84.7 percent.  HOPE Clubhouse of Southwest Florida is combating that problem through its efforts to provide a supportive environment for adults living with mental illness and by providing opportunities for meaningful work.  

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Mote Marine Laboratory and The Nature Conservancy recently announced a new joint venture aimed at the conservation and restoration of coral reefs in Florida and the Caribbean.  With stressors ranging from rising ocean temperatures, ocean acidification, overfishing, coastal development and waste water, coral cover in the Caribbean and Florida has decreased by 50 to 80 percent in just the last three decades. 

Grieving the loss of a parent at any age can be a difficult process and for those who lose a parent during childhood the loss can be particularly profound. A 2014 study by researchers with the National Institute of Health and Welfare Finland, the Karolinksa Institute in Sweden and Aarhus University in Denmark finds that people who experience the death of a parent in childhood are more likely to die prematurely themselves.  The study, tracking more than seven million people for 42 years finds that those who lost a parent before they turned 18 were 50% more likely to die during the course of that study.