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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Sarasota Memorial Hospital

A new adult-care clinic in Newtown opened this month.  A community-wide partnership aims to make the clinic a ‘one-stop-shop’ for a variety of needs for the community just north of the city of Sarasota, where access to medical care and other services has been a challenge. 

Amy Bennett Williams

Much of Southwest Florida’s beachfront is known for great shelling opportunities.  So, it’s only fitting that for this week’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams we delve into the world of mollusks.  Mollusks are easy to overlook, but they do comprise nearly a quarter of all the named marine organisms humans have documented. And the variety of colors and shell patterns characteristic to each species have inspired some pretty interesting common names.  Some evoke elegance and grace.  Some evoke fear and some of those common names are just plain bizarre.

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Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet approved a work plan in June that prioritizes several projects aimed at buying, conserving and managing environmentally sensitive land in Southwest Florida. 

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Rates of reported domestic violence in the U.S. have declined by nearly three-quarters over the last two decades, but physical and psychological domestic abuse remain a prevalent and often hidden problem. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of violence by an intimate partner.  Domestic violence recently made headlines after Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki's ex-husband was arrested on charges of domestic battery and strangling at a Miami hotel.

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This morning’s offering from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams pays homage to one of South Florida’s iconic coastal plant varieties: mangroves.  According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, Florida is home to an estimated 469,000 acres of mangrove forests and this halophyte’s ecological importance simply cannot be overstated.