WGCU receives award for water resource coverage


Contact: Dayna Harpster

Communications Specialist

WGCU Public Media

239-425-5124 or dharpster@wgcu.org

Fort Myers, FL  (Sept. 2, 2020) – WGCU has won the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award from the Florida Lake Management Society. Its board of directors chooses a media honoree for its reporting on aquatic resource issues.

The award is named in honor of Douglas, who wrote the book ”Everglades: River of Grass,” founded the Friends of the Everglades and was environmentally active in south Florida.

The award is presented annually as long as there is a worthy nominee.

WGCU covered extensively the red tide and blue-green algae crises, the opening of the FGCU Water School and the stakeholders for environmental issues in the region.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for our efforts to cover water quality issues in Southwest Florida,” said WGCU reporter, producer and podcast host Mike Kiniry in accepting the award. “We have a small news team, and we broadcast to counties that each have their own environmental concerns. So, it’s great to know that we’re doing our part to keep our listeners informed about the many water quality problems we face in this part of Florida, and the many proposed solutions as they unfold.”

The Florida Lake Management Society began during the 1987 North American Lake Management Society Annual Conference, which was held in Orlando. A combination of fresh water specialists met during the NALMS conference and agreed to form a charter committee to create the FLMS. The society has held educational conferences and workshops since 1988. There are several chapters statewide.

About WGCU

WGCU is Southwest Florida’s source for PBS and NPR. As a member-supported service of Florida Gulf Coast University, the WGCU mission is to provide educational and entertaining programming that inspires, informs and engages our community. Serving all or part of 12 counties in South and Southwest Florida, with five distinct digital TV channels, three radio services, a full-service digital app and robust web presence – plus live streaming through its main WGCU PBS and WGCU WORLD channels and video on demand online and through WGCU Passport – WGCU delivers national and international programming and develops, produces and delivers relevant and informative local programs to the region. More information about WGCU is available online at WGCU.org, and by following us on Facebook at wgcupublicmedia, on Twitter @wgcu, and Instagram @wgcupublicmedia.