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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Law enforcement officers from across Florida, as well as first responders, and state and local elected officials were among those converging on Germain Arena in Estero Monday to mourn the loss of 29-year-old Fort Myers Police Department Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller.  WGCU’s John Davis was at the funeral and has this report.

Taxonomical Context

Aug 3, 2018
Clyde Butcher

News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams not only loves tromping around in wild places – she also likes to be able to place wild things in their proper taxonomical context. But in this week’s encore essay, she discovers that not everyone has the same need or appreciation for detail.

I had a strange moment with Clyde Butcher once, probably a decade ago, that has haunted me ever since.

Jay Payne

Fort Myers-based musicians Roy Schneider and Kim Mayfield perform their eclectic blend of Americana, Folk, Rock, Bluegrass, Country and Reggae music live in studio!  The duo, known as The Reckless Saints, performs prolifically at venues throughout Southwest Florida and they’ve been featured at festivals and other music venues throughout the country.  Schneider is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist providing vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and percussion.  Mayfield is also a multi-instrumentalist who brings tight vocal harmonies piano, mandolin, guitar and percussion as well.  We’ll get to know the musicians as we explore their influences, inspirations, songwriting style and Schneider’s former career as the syndicated cartoonist behind “The Humble Stumble.”

Mike Kiniry / WGCU

Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is set to expire in a year for people from. These are people who were given refuge in the United States after the devastating earthquake of 2010. They were given the right to work, their children were able to attend school, and thousands of TPS families in Florida hold mortgages on homes. The end of Temporary Protected status was set by President Donald Trump for July 22, 2019, meaning in one year, thousands of people living in Southwest Florida will have to leave. We’re spending the hour learning more about Haiti -- how it came to be, and how it is now, eight years after that earthquake. And throughout the year, we’ll talk with Haitians in our community about how they’re planning for the end of TPS, in our project called "Where is Home- Haitians Counting Down.”

Our guests are: Dr. Philippe Girard, professor of Caribbean history at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and author of “The Memoir(s) of Toussaint Louverture.” Professor Girard has studied and published extensively about the life and impact of Toussaint Louverture, who led that successful 1791 slave rebellion in what was then the French colony of Saint-Domingue; and Skyler Badenoch, CEO of Naples-based Hope for Haiti.

Courtesy of Jeffrey Scott Lewis

A new group exhibition titled, “Abstracted” is coming to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers in August. The show features abstract works from artists Yvonne Krystman, Karen Gozzo Nolan, Michael Pohlman and Fort Myers-based painter Jeffrey Scott Lewis.  The show challenges the artists to create meaning through their own interpretation of the abstract works selected for the show.  Lewis joins us in studio to explore his broad portfolio of works covering more than three decades as a professional painter as well as the deeply personal narrative behind his most recent works.

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