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.

Photo: U.S. Army by Stephen Baack

As we send our kids back to school, we take a look back at an interesting study that calculates the costs of getting three- and four-year old students prepared for kindergarten across Southwest Florida. The price tag is about $12,000 per student for an ideal combination of small classes, experienced head teachers, and materials. But the study finds a roughly $8,000 gap between what's needed and what federal and state funds provide.

Scott Wheeler/silver image photo agency

More people are touched by sinkholes in Florida than everywhere else in the world. Professor and scientist Dr. Robert Brinkman writes in his new book “Florida Sinkholes: Science and Policy” that at least one sinkhole forms somewhere in the state doing some type of property damage every week although most form between March and May. 

publicdomainpictures.net

Rip currents seem to be making headlines frequently this summer; from the viral eighty-person human chain in Florida’s panhandle which saved a family of ten in the gulf, to the tragic story just this week of a grandfather and son in law who drowned in Texas.

Laughlin Air Force Base

Who knew planning your personal or business finances could be so treacherous? Apparently, there are Seven Deadly Sins of finance and this weekend the Above Board Chamber of Commerce is putting on a panel presentation to make sure you don’t commit any of them.

Photo: FGCU via Facebook

After nearly a decade at the helm of Florida Gulf Coast University, president Dr. Wilson Bradshaw is stepping down at the end of June.

Before his tenure at FGCU, Dr. Bradshaw found himself linked to fundamental changes in Florida’s educational and cultural worlds. As a high school freshman, he was one of the first seven students to desegregate Central Junior High in West Palm Beach; he credits his mother for making him a part of that pioneering group. That change was mirrored across the gradually desegregating community, and in black communities across Florida.

Pages