John Davis

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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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Jan 27, 2017

Newspress storyteller Amy Bennett Williams has an avid interest in Southwest Florida history…particularly the stories you’ll hear told by the region’s old-timers. But this week’s encore essay involving a strange tale of pirate treasure, murder, revenge, and a pet alligator named ‘Devil,’ likely goes in the category of ‘folklore’ rather than ‘history.’

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Cape Coral City Council members have approved an ordinance adding anti-discrimination protections for LGBT city employees.  Cape Coral is the first municipality in Lee County to provide such protections.

This month’s Versed in Florida is with poet Kelly Canaday of Naples. She’s a student at Florida Gulf Coast University where she’s majoring in English and minoring in Creative Writing. She’s also co-president of FGCU’s Creative Writing Club. She says the desire to hone her writing skills is largely what prompted her to begin attending college at the age of 16.

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The Laboratory Theater of Florida ends it’s run of the 2014 Tony-nominated Broadway play “Mothers and Sons,” by Terrence McNally, this weekend.  The production tells the story of a woman who visits her late son’s former partner. Her son died from AIDS decades ago. The play’s broader themes of forgiveness and reconciliation are universal, but the backdrop of the fight for LGBT acceptance and the AIDS crisis hit close to home in Florida which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks number one in the nation when it comes to new rates of HIV infection.  Local experts led an interactive audience ‘talk back’ after the Jan. 12 performance.

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Wood storks are nesting again at the National Audubon Society’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Collier County for the first time since 2014.  That is the same year federal officials downgraded the wading birds’ protection status.