Matthew F Smith

Gulf Coast Live Producer

Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.

Originally from Delaware, he moved to Alaska in 2010 for his first job in radio. He spent five years working as a radio and television reporter, as well as a radio producer, talk show host, and news director at stations across Alaska, where his reporting received awards from the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Relocating to southwest Florida, he spent several months producing television news before joining WGCU as the Gulf Coast Live producer in August 2016.

Matthew studied English and journalism at Villanova University in Villanova, PA, where he wrote for the school newspaper and other school publications. He taught English as a Second Language for several years before pursuing a career in journalism.

Photo: Jeff Lindsay Images: Alliance for the Arts

Premiering at Fort Myer's Theatre Conspiracy this week is a new play from a familiar playwright: the Civil War-era story of "The Cave" by Cape Coral author and writer Jeff Lindsay.

Photo, image: ACLU of Florida

The American Civil Liberties Union grabbed the world’s attention recently as its attorneys fought against the executive order that has become known as the “travel ban.” Since then, the organization has seen a dramatic increase in donations: $24 million poured in from 350,000 donors in one weekend

Photo: Tareq Salahuddin via Flickr Creative Commons

This week the Lee Health kidney transplant program reopened as the Lee Health Transplant Institute at Gulf Coast Medical Center. One of just nine kidney transplant centers in Florida, and the only one between Tampa and Miami, the center has more than 150 patients waiting to receive a donated kidney.

Photos: Southwest Florida Hackerspace, Flickr Creative Commons

Hackers are convenient villains in movies, TV shows, and other forms of pop culture. But across the country, and in Southwest Florida, groups of hackers and other tech-savvy people are coming together with artists, designers, and specialists to use their hacking powers for good.

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A recent real estate study focused on the new-home market in Southwest Florida shows growth in Lee County but a surprising slow-down in Collier County.

Metrostudy crunches construction starts and home sales data every quarter. A report released this month on the fourth quarter of 2016 showed southern Collier County is sitting with hundreds of new homes that are yet to sell.

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