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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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. 

Rocinante

Dec 8, 2017
Amy Bennett Williams

Living among the vast menagerie of animals that live on News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams’ rural Alva homestead can be a labor of love, but the work, care and patience involved can also pay off in dividends.  That turned out to be especially true from Williams, when years ago she took in a mare she named Rocinante.  The horse’s previous owner had opted for euthanization over the cost of surgeries and medical care she required and that’s where Williams entered the picture.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced in November that the Temporary Protected Status designation of nearly 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. would expire in 18 months.  TPS was extended to Haitians following a devastating earthquake in 2010 that killed hundreds of thousands of people.  An estimated 10,000 Haitians with TPS are living in Southwest Florida. In September, the Trump administration announced an end to the Obama-era DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) which has protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation who were brought to the U.S. as children. 

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced a record number of green sea turtle nests documented this year. With about 39,000 green sea turtle nests logged along 800 miles of beaches, the organization calls the turtles’ success a victory for conservation.

An Act of God

Nov 30, 2017

Players with the Laboratory Theater of Florida are currently performing the satirical comedy, “An Act of God,” by acclaimed comedy writer David Javerbaum.  Javerbaum is the former head writer and executive producer of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”  

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