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.

Photo: Temple Shalom

A shotgun blast rattled a Jewish temple in Naples this week, while racist and white supremacist graffiti and messages continue showing up at Florida Gulf Coast University campus.

Friday at 1:30 p.m., we talk with Temple Shalom Rabbi Adam Miller about how the community is responding to the shotgun incident, including a "Shabbat of Solidarity" planned at the Temple on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

We'll also talk with Mark Potok, senior fellow for the Southern Poverty Law Center, about where Florida fits in to the nearly 900 hate-related incidents reported nationwide in the last month. 

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The majority of animals admitted to wildlife hospitals in Southwest Florida suffer from an illness or injury caused by a human. While most people don't intend to hurt wildlife, thousands of animals are admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital due to injuries from car accidents, accidental feedings, or unwanted interactions with windows, fishing lines, and more. That's on top of house pets who can't help but fall back on their natural instincts.

Photo: Florida Division of Recreation and Parks

In the next 50 years, climate change researchers say sea levels could rise by five to six inches. Those inches pose a threat not only to homes and buildings, but to the natural barriers that have protected Florida's coasts throughout human history. A combination of a warming planet and rising seas could drive more severe storm surges that wipe out barriers islands and flood coastal areas. 

That's why researchers and planners in the Estero Bay region are taking steps now to build climate change resilience and adaptations into their plans, which are being shared at the Cela Tega conference series on the FGCU campus on Monday, Dec. 12.

Photo: Michael Hirsh, WGCU

Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of an event that changed history: the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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The Autism Society reports a growing number of autism spectrum disorder diagnoses across the country. That's seen an increase in the need for exceptional student education , or ESE, in Florida and elsewhere. Students with autism and other disabilities require special education plans, trained staff, and sensory rooms to help them calm down and deal with the stress of the classroom.

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