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.

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A group of alumni from the old Bayshore High School in Manatee County, demolished in 1999, say more than 400 cases of rare cancers, birth defects, and other illnesses have been reported among former students and faculty. The group, Bayshore High School Concerned Alumni and Friends, contends toxic contamination at the site of the old school, possibly from buried diesel tanks, is to blame.

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Friday on Gulf Coast Live features WGCU's contribution to the statewide Decision Florida collaborative reporting project: an in-depth report looking at a proposed ban in Florida to hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as "fracking," and other fracking-like oil and gas well stimulation treatments in the state.

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Few animals arouse the instinct to hunt quite like the Burmese Python. The invasive species has slithered across the Everglades and into every corner of South Florida, taking over habitat from native species and consuming thousands of pounds of prey animals. 

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Photo: Salvador Altimir via Flickr Creative Commons

A growing number of states, including Florida, are contracting our long-term medical care with what's known as managed care organizations.

It's a way for states to consolidate care for large groups, ranging from pregnant women, to people with specific disabilities, to long-term care for aging Floridians. And it's increasingly changing the way states spend Medicaid dollars, and how the aging or disabled access healthcare. Providers in Southwest Florida say its also limiting their abilities to give patients the care they need.

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The FGCU student government has passed a resolution calling on university administrators to work toward adopting a "sanctuary campus" policy.

The designation is considered by many a reaction to the Trump administration's pledge to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, instituted by the Obama administration in 2012 to provide protections against deportations for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States at a young age.

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