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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Mar 24, 2017
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The village of Goodland in Collier County is marked as the official site where Hurricane Wilma made Florida landfall during the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic Hurricane season. However, News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams tells us that many years before that, the quaint fishing village served as the vital backdrop for childhood visits with her grandfather.  For her, the community and it’s long-preserved character are infused with touchstone memories, formative experiences and provided that initial attraction that eventually led her to build a life here in Southwest Florida.

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Florida lawmakers are tackling a proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing, and other fracking-like well stimulation treatments in the state.  The Republican-sponsored bills in the House and Senate have gained a number of co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.  Supporters of the ban say the risks of surface water and ground water contamination from fracking make the technology too risky. They say the technique is incompatible with Florida’s geology.  Opponents worry about its impact on energy costs, Florida’s economy and point to the lack of a Florida-specific study on the potential impacts of fracking.  

Florida Gulf Coast University officials recently announced that the school has met and exceeded a $100 million fundraising goal.  The announcement comes as FGCU prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

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Florida Gulf Coast University officials announced an historic gift of $10 million Friday from renowned textbook author and educator Elaine Marieb, Ph.D.

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The Fort Myers Police Department is outfitting all its uniformed patrol officers and sergeants with new body camera and taser technology.  Police Chief Derrick Diggs said the decision makes the FMPD one of the few in Florida to outfit all uniformed officers.

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