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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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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Food pantries and other food security resources face growing demand across Southwest Florida. The Collier County Salvation Army says it's shelves are nearly empty, and the Community Cooperative says everything from seasonal employment to expensive housing to the holidays all put a greater demand on food resources this time of year. 

Matthew Smith

A thin margin separates the presidential candidates nationally, but here in Southwest Florida, Hillary Clinton supporters anticipating an early win in the sunshine state say they’re now preparing for a long night.

At the Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers, you can almost feel the crowd hold its breath as a massive screen displays the latest numbers for Florida and the nation: a presidential race that’s too close to call.

Matthew Smith

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.