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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Courtesy of the Southwest Florida Symphony

The Southwest Florida Symphony in Fort Myers serves as Lee County’s professional orchestra and is one of the oldest symphony orchestras on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  The ensemble’s musicians have been providing a broad range of classical performances to local audiences for more than half a century and the group is wasting no time kicking off the New Year with the latest installment of their ‘Masterworks’ concert series this Friday, Jan. 6 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.

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A handful of Southwest Florida women recently traveled through rural Guatemala, distributing much-needed re-usable menstrual kits they spent months creating. They include hand-sewn cotton bases that clip onto underwear, and tucked into them are flannel pads, which can be changed out and washed for reuse.

We're joined live in studio by the five members of Captain Joe and the Bottom Feeders. The Bottomfeeders are a bluegrass band led by fishing guide Captain Joe McNichols. He was joined by Sharon Morrison, Pat Morrison and Larry Wicker in 2010, and Angela Girdley came aboard in 2017. They've been pickin’ and grinnin’ ever since. They play mostly traditional bluegrass music, but throw in a few other songs that are favorites from the past. They say their goal is to create a pleasing sound while having fun and entertaining those who care to listen. They play at venues throughout Southwest Florida, including bluegrass festivals, local shows, special events and parties.

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A pair of Democratic state lawmakers have introduced joint resolutions for the 2018 legislative session that propose an amendment to the Florida constitution to expand Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act.  The proposals, from Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana and Sen. Annette Taddeo, D-Miami, would have to be approved by at least 60 percent of voters in a ballot referendum next fall. 

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The cold front that moved through Florida this past weekend brought a light dusting of snow in some portions of the western Panhandle and even some light frost in Southwest Florida, but the cooler temperatures left Florida agriculture operations relatively unscathed. 

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