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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Sharon Harrington failed to get the votes she needed to keep her job as the Lee County Supervisor of Elections beginning in the August primary. She faced a run-off and challenger Tommy Doyle pulled ahead by more than six points. Real estate developer Mike Bauman voted for Doyle. He said overcrowded  polling sites and other issues in past elections meant it was time for a change.

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Charges of rigged elections and voter fraud are flying this election season. In rallies across Florida, Donald Trump supporters have told reporters they fear the election could be fixed. Both elections officials and civic organizations, however, said recent incidents of voter fraud in Florida are the exception, and not the rule.

This week a Central Florida couple learned their absentee ballots had been stolen from their mailbox, but by the time they learned what had happened, the pilfered ballots had already been cast.

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The first immigration office in Southwest Florida formally marked its opening Friday in Fort Myers, with a ceremony that swore 20 residents in as US citizens.

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With just 15 days until Election Day, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump kicked off a three-day tour of Florida cities Sunday with a rally in Naples. 

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NASA is betting the future of space travel relies, in part, on farming in space—and the agency is turning to farming and fertilizer experts in Sarasota to help bring agriculture to the final frontier.