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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Hurricane Irma and the massive bands of wind and rain the rocked Southwest Florida has moved north, but in the aftermath of the storm, hundreds of thousands of residents remain without power and the toll of the hurricane is beginning to come into focus as emergency responders begin assessments and repairs.

Jessica Meszaros

Irma made it's second Florida landfall Sunday afternoon at Marco Island as a category three hurricane.  The storm, now downgraded to a tropical storm, has caused widespread damage and flooding as it made it's way up the Gulf Coast.  WGCU's Jessica Meszaros was out in South Lee County today for an early look at the damage.

Lee County EOC

Lee County Emergency Management officials have expanded the scope of mandatory evacuations beyond the barrier islands to include portions of Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, San Carlos Park, Estero and Bonita Springs.  In a news briefing at the Lee County Emergency Operations Center Friday, Gov. Rick Scott said the expanded mandatory evacuations come due to the threat of a projected six to 12 foot storm surge.

NOAA

NOTE: This blog post will be updated throughout the storm.

As Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida, mandatory evacuations are being issued. Below are the evacuations:

Labor Day ENCORE

Sep 1, 2017
Courtesy of the News-Press archives

For many Americans the upcoming Labor Day holiday is little more than a chance to relax and enjoy a three-day weekend, but its historical intent is to recognize the creation of the labor movement and the social and economic achievements of American workers.  This week's encore essay from News-Press story-teller Amy Bennett Williams recounts her unlikely friendship with a prominent international labor organizer who helped create the United Auto Workers Union back in the 1930s, and who happened to spend part of the year here in Southwest Florida. 

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