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.

Florida Fish and Wildlife

Once facing extinction, the rebounding Florida panther has reached a milestone: Florida Fish and Wildlife biologists say they now have "strong evidence" of the first female living north of the Caloosahatchee River since 1973. Some say the news is encouraging for the panther population, but ranchers, hunters, and other land users argue more panthers mean more problems.

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Development in Southwest Florida continues a years-long boom. Demand still outpaces supply, even as new housing permits jumped roughly 40 percent compared to last year. New homes impact not only wildlife habitat, but the real estate market, putting pressure on existing home values.

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Fidel Castro is dead. The Cuban revolutionary dominated the Caribbean island for more than 50 years, and his death on Friday was met with celebrations on the streets of Miami

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For 500 years,  Germany’s Reinheitsgebot, commonly known as the "German beer purity laws," set the standard for beer across much of the world. In recent decades, however, American craft brewers have happily flaunted those rules, and in doing so, helped re-define what beer can be.  

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November is National Adoption Month, and this week the Children's Network of Southwest Florida is finishing its fourth and final mass-adoption event to boost awareness about the need for adoptive families.

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