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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Gulf Coast Live is on location today at JetBlue Park, the home of spring training for the Boston Red Sox, taking look at the players on the field and the off-field efforts that make spring training tick in Southwest Florida.

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Telling stories may be one of humanity's oldest traditions, and the proliferation of storytelling projects like Snap Judgment and The Moth are bringing personal stories to mass audiences in ways traditional media never have.

This weekend, Storytellers Creative Arts in Naples is focusing a storytelling workshop on the Naples community with its HeART of Storytelling Conference beginning on Friday. Organizers say the conference is focused on "capturing, creating,  and communicating" the stories of organizations, families and individuals.

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Pet owners are increasingly signing up to have their animals certified as “comfort” "therapy" or "emotional support" animals. The certification can be helpful for some conditions, like post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety, but significant differences separate comfort dogs from medical assistance dogs, including training, certification, and where they are legally allowed to go under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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A Southwest Florida group focused on spreading agricultural awareness and education around the globe is building a "global garden" test bed as part of its efforts to end world hunger.

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The prevalence of autism in the United States is today estimated by the CDC to be about one in every 68 births. The Autism Society notes mores than 3.5 million Americans live with a disorder on the autism spectrum.