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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Stone Crabs ENCORE

Mar 9, 2018
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For our neighbors to the north, these' winter months are typically associated with things like freezing weather and snowfall, but here in the subtropics it’s a time to enjoy mild weather and to indulge in a tasty Florida delicacy: Stone crabs.  The recreational and commercial stone crab harvest season began October 15 and runs through May 15. While anglers, restaurateurs and diners alike look forward to the season, News-Press Story teller Amy Bennett Williams says, she’ll take a pass.

Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers is currently running productions of Henrik Isben’s play, “A Doll’s House,” through March 11.  The production, set in a Norwegian town in the late 1800s, goes behind the façade of an ideal marriage and challenges audiences to consider the cultural limitations placed on women at the time and the stifling lack of opportunities available to women.  The play questions the roles of men and women in a traditional 19th century marriage, which to audiences at the time was controversial and even scandalous.  We’ll learn more about the production and the true-life story that inspired Isben to write it in a conversation with director Anne Dodd, and actress Dena Galyean who stars as Nora in the play.  We’ll also explore the themes and conflicts of this 1879 classic through the lense of contemporary society.

Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Seymour is widely known for her work on the stage and screen including roles in the James Bond film “Live and Let Die,” and the television series, “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” but over the past 25 years, she’s emerged as a celebrated visual artist as well, creating intimate watercolor and vibrant oil paintings.  She also enjoys success as a designer including creating costumes and set designs for the Houston Ballet.  We’ll talk with Seymour ahead of her appearances March 10th and 11th at the Mercato in Naples for an exhibition of her work organized by Road Show Company.  The exhibition will also include works by Seymour’s son, Sean Michael Flynn.  Flynn is an internationally acclaimed fine art photographer and filmmaker.

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As we head into the final week of Florida’s 2018 lawmaking session, our legislative roundtable series continues today with a series of conversations about hot-button issues, ranging from gun control to women’s reproductive rights to animal welfare.


We twist classical music with modern popular music for a trip to the upcoming Southwest Florida Symphony performance “Brahms vs. Radiohead” which will be this Saturday. This performance will combine all four movements of Brahms’s First Symphony (1887) with Radiohead’s album “OK Computer” (1997) complete with vocals. We'll talk with the composer of the symphonic mash-up, Steven Hackman, about what inspired him to combine music from different centuries, and we'll speak with Amy Ginsburg, the local symphony director, who heard the music and thought, “I want that to come to Southwest Florida.”