The WGCU news team has won a Regional Murrow Award for coverage of the most recent red tide/blue-green algae crisis in local waters. The award-winning entry was a compilation titled, “Two Environmental Disasters Meet in Gulf Waters: Red Tide and Blue Green Algae,” by Julie Glenn, John Davis, Rachel Iacovone, Andrea Perdomo and Mike Kiniry.
The WGCU FM news team has won 11 awards in the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Awards competition for its work in 2018. This tops last year’s award total of 10. The winning entries ranged widely in topics of interest to Southwest Florida, from politics to environmental concerns, human trafficking and immigration, to lighter topics like
The Radio Television Digital News Association has awarded the WGCU News team the national Edward R. Murrow Award for Breaking News Coverage for " Hurricane Irma...
On Friday, April 13, 2018 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
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
For Southwest Florida, 2017 was a year dramatically punctuated by the September arrival of Hurricane Irma. It was an extreme storm, which dominated the news in the weeks leading up to and the months that followed landfall. And, WGCU’s coverage of that storm garnered a number of awards. But, the storm wasn’t the only thing
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
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
Lucia’s Letter describes one Guatemalan teenager’s trip with a coyote from Guatemala through Mexico to southwest Florida. The story is a composite of several local Mayan women’s experiences of becoming a coyote’s slave. All of the women were raped, starved and drugged during the trip and then sold when they arrived in the U.S. Some