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: Wellfit Girls

A Southwest Florida nonprofit focused on empowering teen girls through fitness, leadership, and more says it's pushing girls in the region to reach literal and metaphorical summits.

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The atrocities of the Holocaust are the focus of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in late January, but the observation of Yom HaShoah in late April is a date on the Jewish calendar set aside specifically to remember the nearly 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazis and their collaborators. 

Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife via Flickr Creative Commons

Shorebird nesting season is happening along Florida's coast, and a dedicated group of volunteers, the Collier and Lee Shorebird Stewards, are taking it upon themselves to help protect the areas where these birds nest. 

Photo: Florida Humanities Council

Five veterans from Southwest Florida are sharing their stories through the Telling Project with performances in late April and early May. Friday at 1 p.m. on Gulf Coast Live, three of those veterans join the show to discuss how they shaped their experiences of life and the military into stories they can share.

Photo: Collier County Sheriff's Office via Facebook

Receiving dozens of frantic phone calls a day from people at their most desperate is a job that requires patience, training, and a particular temperament to see people through emergencies great and small. That’s the job of a 911 operator, a job the Collier County Sheriffs' Office says it needs filled at its new 911 call center.

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