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Susan Giles Wantuck

Susan Giles Wantuck is our midday news host, and a producer and reporter for WUSF Public Media who focuses her storytelling on arts, culture and history.

She also serves as a music host on Florida's Classical Music Station, WSMR 89.1, 103.9 and at wsmr.org.

She is a lifelong resident with deep roots in Florida. She collects recipes and enjoys writing.  

Susan is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where she studied Mass Communication.  The Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists have honored her hosting and reporting work.

  • Severe winter weather in other parts of the country continues to delay Moderna COVID-19 shipments to Florida. First dose appointments in Southwest Florida are temporarily postponed. Gov. Ron DeSantis faces criticism over a state-run pop-up vaccine clinic in Lakewood Ranch that targets residents of a community developed by one of the governor’s campaign contributors. Hospitals in Southwest Florida continue working to vaccinate people younger than 65 who are at higher risk from the virus. Health officials reported more than 7,000 new infections and 157 deaths, Wednesday. According to AAA, the pandemic continues to discourage Floridians from traveling. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody warns against COVID-19 vaccine scams.
  • State health officials reported 7,788 new COVID-19 cases, Sunday and 119 new deaths. Florida launched a new state-run website, Friday, for people to register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments at myvaccine.fl.gov. It remains unclear how Florida residents under 65 years old who are deemed “extremely vulnerable” can sign up to receive a vaccine dose. The more contagious COVID-19 variant called B.1.1.7 continues to spread in Florida. The CDC reports, Florida now leads the nation with 147 cases of the variant identified so far. After giving Publix exclusive vaccine rights in Palm Beach County, the state is now planning to open a vaccine clinic in Belle Glade to serve the predominantly Black agricultural towns that surround Lake Okeechobee and that are more than 25 miles away from the nearest Publix location. A USF survey focused on misinformation, social media, and the politicization of the pandemic explores varying degrees of trust people have in information they’re getting about the coronavirus through social media platforms.
  • Thursday marked another grim new milestone with the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida with state health officials reporting a single day record high of 173 deaths, increasing the statewide death toll to 5,518 fatalities.The Florida Department of Health also reported 10,249 new cases of the virus, yesterday, for a total of 389,868 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • COVID-19 has been devasting for small businesses.
  • State health officials reported 7,347 new cases of COVID-19, Tuesday, increasing the statewide total to 213,794 cases since the pandemic began. July 7 marked the 14th consecutive day of single-day increases of at least 5,000 cases.The Florida Department of Health also reported 63 new coronavirus-related deaths, Wednesday, bringing the statewide death toll to 3,841 fatalities.Since Phase Two of Florida's reopening plan went into effect June 5th, state health officials have reported a more than 70 percent increase in new cases of the virus.
  • On Monday, Florida's Education Commissioner issued an emergency order for brick and mortar schools to reopen for the fall, with the full array of...
  • State health officials reported 617 new cases of COVID-19, Tuesday, bringing the statewide total number of confirmed cases to 57,447.The Florida Department of Health also reported 70 new coronavirus-related deaths, June 2, for a statewide death toll of 2,530 fatalities. Tuesday’s reported deaths mark the highest single-day increase in fatalities since May 5.In total, Florida has had 10,412 patient hospitalizations due to the virus. Of the 1,050,671 tests that have been performed in the state so far, the rate of positive tests remains at 5.5 percent.
  • Busch Gardens in Tampa is opening back up on Thursday, June 11. That’s a full month earlier than Disney World and about a week after Universal Studios...
  • Now that the school year is coming to a close, parents are trying to figure out what their children will do this summer. Many camps are being cancelled,...
  • Brick and mortar stores have struggled during the coronavirus pandemic. But as an essential business, Publix Supermarkets has thrived.