Barbara Linstrom

Barbara Linstrom manages WGCU's television productions, social media channels and mobile app. She also contributes on a regular basis to WGCU News by editing long-form stories for the website. Full-time at WGCU since 2006, Linstrom started with the station in 2005 as a freelance writer/producer of documentaries on Southwest Florida's history. A former adjunct instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University, teaching writing and journalism, she has a master's in journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. In her twenties, she worked overseas as a journalist for wire services and newspapers. She has been based in Southwest Florida since 1993, working as an editor, writer and producer. Two of her WGCU documentaries earned Telly Awards and she won a best in-depth reporting award in 1997 from the Florida Magazine Association. Under her direction, six WGCU television productions have been distributed to PBS stations across the country. She chairs the Diversity Advisory Group for WGCU; serves on the board of Easter Seals Florida; the public policy committee of the Harry Chapin Food Bank and is co-chair of the inaugural Women in Leadership Symposium for the Florida Diversity Council's Southwest Florida chapter. She and her daughter, Caitlyn, live in South Fort Myers and love to swim, hike and hangout on barrier island beaches.

We hear from a group of southwest Floridians who were leaders in the desegregation of our schools 50 years ago. Ron Gavin was 8-years-old when he and ten other African American children integrated Sanibel Elementary school in 1964.