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 in China and the U.S. before pursuing a career in journalism.

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Today is National Voter Registration Day, the largest one-day effort to register voters in the U.S. Local registration events were hosted this morning by the Collier County Supervisor of Elections  and will continue on tonight from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Crunch Fitness in Naples, located at 6013 Pine Ridge Rd.

Images/caption: Hal Pierce, SSAI/NASA/GSFC

Already battered by Hurricane Irma earlier in September, Hurricane Maria made landfall Sept. 20 in southeast Puerto Rico. Storm trackers with NASA's Earth Observatory say the storm’s track "was a near worst-case scenario," making it the fifth strongest hurricane to ever hit the U.S. With electricity and communications wiped out, those in Florida's Puerto Rican community is desperate to reach their loved ones.
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Jamie Kuser is the editor and publisher of two magazines in Southwest Florida, the monthly arts and entertainment publication “Happenings Magazine” as well as the Lee County Family News.

Photo: Harry Chapin Food Bank via Facebook.

Feeding America, the nation's largest network of food banks, has spent September promoting awareness of Hunger Action Month while simultaneously addressing the acute need for food and water in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Locally, the Harry Chapin Food Bank is raising awareness and mobilize volunteers to contribute to the fight against hunger in Southwest Florida, a struggle driving calls for donations, food drives, and emergency distributions to help those left hungry by the storm.

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As PBS stations across the country continue airing the ten-park, 18-hour documentary series The Vietnam War, veterans advocates across the nation are using the moment to reach out to vets who may be seeking help, a person to discuss their military service with, or coming to terms with undiagnosed trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.