WGCU FM wins Associated Press Radio Broadcasters Station of the Year!

On Friday, April 13, WGCU FM garnered nine individual awards for reporting at the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters event in Orlando, culminating in the coveted “Overall Station of the Year” award.

Local winners, the award categories and titles of the broadcasts were:

• Jessica Meszaros, first place, hard news features for “After Protest, Manatee County Votes to Remove Confederate Statue”

• Jessica Meszaros, first place, light news features for “Experience a ‘Dark Sky Park’” in Florida

• Rachel Iacovone, second place, feature/cultural/historical for “Immokalee HS Graduation Rate is Up 5 Years in a Row”

• Rachel Iacovone, first place, general assignment for “Gov. Scott Visits Everglades City, Still Without Power”

• Jessica Meszaros, first place, general assignment, long format for “Everglades City Residents Still Without Temporary Housing After Hurricane Irma Storm Surge”

• Quincy Walters, second place, continuing coverage for “City Dumps Toxic Sludge in Dunbar Neighborhood”

• Jessica Meszaros, first place, investigative for “High Arsenic Levels on Pine Island Ignored by DEP, Lee County”

• Julie Glenn and Matt Smith, second place, public affairs for “Trump’s Immigration Orders Hit Home in South Florida”

• Rachel Iacovone, first place, sports feature for “Bonita Springs YMCA Spends $300,000 on Pickleball.

Other Awards

Since the early 2000s, WGCU Public Media has won:

Recent Awards


Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI)
2nd place Division B Best Writing
“State Struggles to Eradicate Abandoned, Diseased Orange Groves” by Jessica Meszaros

2nd place Division B Best Multi-Media Presentation
“Mullet: A Tale of Two Fish” by Amy Tardif, Jim Goin, Barbara Linstrom, Anna Bejerano and Pearl Brands

Silver Telly Award
“Mullet: A Tale of Two Fish” Written/Directed by Jim Goin

Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, Region 13
Excellence in Writing
State Struggles to Eradicate Abandoned, Diseased Orange Groves” by Jessica Meszaros


Florida Associated Press Awards
Feature/Light News
Floridians Turn Nuisance Pigs into Profitable Pork” and “Talking About Death Over Dinner in Southwest Florida” by Jessica Meszaros
Public Affairs
Transgender Floridians” by Jessica Meszaros, Richard Chin Quee and Amy Tardif
Cubans Contemplate Past, and Future, After Castro’s Death” by Julie Glenn, Matthew Smith and Richard Chin Quee
Breaking News/Long Format
Club Blu Teen Shooting Leaves 2 Dead, 18 Wounded” by WGCU radio reporters
Election Coverage
“Election Year in Southwest Florida” by Topher Forhecz
Gladesmen, Everglades National Park at Odds Over Airboats” by Topher Forhecz
Radio Newscast
Jessica Meszaros

National Educational Telecommunication Association (NETA)
Education and Community Engagement Collective Impact Achievement Award
Curious Kids TV program, educational outreach to elementary schools and partnership with the Golisano Children’s Museum: Rosie Emery and Paula Sklodowski

Bronze Telly Award
WWII VETS: Stories of Service” Produced by Rosie Emery
Green Minute: Unplugged” Produced by Tom James


National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Suncoast Chapter 
EMMY Award – Children/Youth/Teens – News
Curious Kids: What is a Watershed?”

Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, Region 13
TV News Documentary
Pink Gold Rush” Written and produced by Chelle Koster Walton
Radio Hard News
Local Program Helps Undocumented Abuse Victim Get a Visa” by Ashley Lopez
Radio News Series
Florida’s Shrinking Workforce” by Ashley Lopez

Bronze Telly Award
Hertz: Road to Paradise” Produced by Tom James

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