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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Florida law enforcement will now undergo training to better understand individuals on the autism spectrum.

House Bill 39, which mandated the training, was filed on Nov. 23, 2016 — four months after a North Miami police officer shot an unarmed behavioral therapist who begged officers in a now-viral video to not shoot the autistic man he was working with.

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Sep 29, 2017
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News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams recently coaxed her family into a culinary experiment of going meat-free for an entire week.  Williams says the experiment was, by and large, a success, thanks to a meal-planning strategy that relied heavily on the synergy of our fifth taste: umami.

Photo: The Laboratory Theater of Florida

The Laboratory Theater of Florida is currently running performances of the black comedy “Sordid Lives,”  an LGBT cult classic about family members dealing with their demons as they gather together after a death in the family. Audiences are invited after Thursday's performance to participate in a ‘talk back’ panel about ideas found in the play, from grappling with an LGBT identity, to gay conversion therapy, to institutionalization.

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The Lee County Mosquito Control District predicts that a large mosquito outbreak is coming as a result of heavy rain and continued flooding from Hurricane Irma.  Thursday night marked the district’s first aerial spraying to tackle the adult mosquito population since the storm’s passage.

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Florida’s U.S. Senators Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio have been traveling Florida this week to survey damage left in the wake of Hurricane Irma.  The senators’ visit to Ave Maria University in eastern Collier County Wednesday served as a bright spot on their tour.  They sat down with a group of college students who bravely and selflessly choose to ride out the Hurricane helping residents of the nearby farmworker town of Immokalee.  WGCU’s John Davis was there and brings us the students’ stories in their own words.

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