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: Mark Foley via Florida House of Representatives

Florida lawmakers returned to Tallahassee for a busy three-day special session last week, ending with new agreements on school spending, tourism and business incentives, and medical marijuana but leaving in place many of Gov. Rick Scott's vetoes, and questions about the session's last-minute deals unanswered.

Photo: Walter via Flickr Creative Commons / https://www.flickr.com/photos/walterpro/28089572824

Monday marks one year since a gunman opened fire at Pulse, the LGBT nightclub near downtown Orlando. The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history claimed 49 lives and left dozens more wounded. The loss sent shock waves across the nation and around the globe, and transformed the city of Orlando at its core. 

Photo: Pixabay via Public Domain

Record rainfall led to a soggy week for much of Southwest Florida. Portions of Collier, Hendry, and Lee Counties went from drought to deluge in just hours. Flooding shut down Marco Island and Everglades City, and flood watch advisories were in effect for much of the week elsewhere. In the wake of the rain, we'll review what homeowners need to know. 

Photo: CDC by Dawn Arlotta via FreeStockPhotos.biz

World Elder Abuse Awareness will be commemorated Thursday, Jun. 15, and while seniors are often targets for scams and exploitation, health officials say elder self-neglect is a growing concern, a state where a person is no longer able to take proper care of themselves because of physical or mental impairment.

Photo: Collier County Public Schools (edited)

To say that Joe Kemper helped shape the Collier School District’s athletic programs would not be an understatement. After 33 years in the school system where he worked his way up to from a math teacher and coach to the role of Interscholastic Athletics Coordinator, Kemper is hanging up his whistle and clipboard and heading into retirement. 

Pages