John Davis

Host, Reporter

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida.  Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.

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A group exhibition titled, “There’s Something in the Water” is currently running in the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s Capital Gallery in downtown Fort Myers.  The show features underwater works by Southwest Florida artists Mila Bridger, Katy Danca Galli and Arturo Samaniego and world-renowned underwater photographer Bob Halstead.  The exhibit runs through July 25.  We’ll talk with artists Mila Bridger and Katy Danca Galli about the show and about their unique approaches to creating art through photography.


Members of Southwest Florida’s state legislative delegation sent a joint letter to Governor Rick Scott, Thursday, requesting an emergency declaration for Lee County to address the toxic blue-green algae blooms impacting area waters. 

Irresistable BBQ

Jul 6, 2018
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No advertising.  No signage. No regular hours of operation.  At first glance it doesn’t sound like the recipe for a particularly stable business model, but that could depend entirely on what you’re selling. If the recipe also includes a smoker, slabs of ribs and a secret recipe of spices and sauce, you may just have an irresistible product, as News Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams tells us in this week’s essay.

Jesi Cason Photography

We’re featuring an encore presentation of our conversation, including live music, from Southwest Florida rock and blues musician and vocal powerhouse Kate Skales.  We spoke with Skales just ahead of her headlining performance at the first show of this year’s “Sounds of Summer” concert series at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers.  

Skales is currently traveling and performing outside of Florida, but she’ll be back in town next month for a show at Beach Records in Fort Myers, Aug. 25.  Then on Sept. 1, you can catch her performing at HOWL Gallery in Fort Myers, and on Oct. 6 she’ll be playing at Rack’em Spirits & Times in Cape Coral.

Courtesy of New Phoenix Theatre

Southwest Florida’s performing arts scene is gaining a new community theatre company.  New Phoenix Theatre in South Fort Myers is currently renovating a former gym into a venue that can accommodate up to 100 audience members, or up to 300 patrons for standing-room-only shows.  In April, the organization announced an ambitious line-up of plays for its inaugural 2018-2019 season, including performances of “Marvin’s Room,” “La Cage Aux Folles” and “Rumors” among others.  The new theatre company’s founders include local actors and directors who came together to provide something fresh in the local theatre scene, with an emphasis on diversity, inclusion and more roles for women.  We’ll take a closer look at the mission of Southwest Florida’s newest theatre offering in a conversation with co-founder, actor and director James Robinson and get a preview of shows in New Phoenix Theatre’s inaugural season which opens in October.