John Davis

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPRââââ

Governor Rick Scott declared a state of Emergency Aug. 13 for seven southwest Florida counties currently impacted by a lingering toxic red tide algae bloom crisis. The bloom, which has persisted since last fall, now stretches some 150 miles between Naples and Anna Maria Island and appears to be moving north.

A Republican candidate in the race for a Southwest Florida State House district resigned today after admitting Monday that she had lied about her college credentials. The resignation comes just days after the withdrawn candidate, Melissa Howard, lied about earning her college degree and posted a photo online of a fraudulent diploma. 

Republican frontrunners in the GOP gubernatorial race faced-off Wednesday in their second and final debate ahead of Florida’s August 28th primary election, which is now less than three weeks away.

Law enforcement officers from across Florida, as well as first responders, and state and local elected officials were among those converging on Germain Arena in Estero Monday to mourn the loss of 29-year-old Fort Myers Police Department Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller.  WGCU’s John Davis was at the funeral and has this report.


Taxonomical Context

Aug 3, 2018

News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams not only loves tromping around in wild places – she also likes to be able to place wild things in their proper taxonomical context. But in this week’s encore essay, she discovers that not everyone has the same need or appreciation for detail.

I had a strange moment with Clyde Butcher once, probably a decade ago, that has haunted me ever since.

Fort Myers-based musicians Roy Schneider and Kim Mayfield perform their eclectic blend of Americana, Folk, Rock, Bluegrass, Country and Reggae music live in studio!  The duo, known as The Reckless Saints, performs prolifically at venues throughout Southwest Florida and they’ve been featured at festivals and other music venues throughout the country.  Schneider is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist providing vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and percussion.  Mayfield is also a multi-instrumentalist who brings tight vocal harmonies piano, mandolin, guitar and percussion as well.  We’ll get to know the musicians as we explore their influences, inspirations, songwriting style and Schneider’s former career as the syndicated cartoonist behind “The Humble Stumble.”

A new group exhibition titled, “Abstracted” is coming to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers in August. The show features abstract works from artists Yvonne Krystman, Karen Gozzo Nolan, Michael Pohlman and Fort Myers-based painter Jeffrey Scott Lewis.  The show challenges the artists to create meaning through their own interpretation of the abstract works selected for the show.  Lewis joins us in studio to explore his broad portfolio of works covering more than three decades as a professional painter as well as the deeply personal narrative behind his most recent works.

The “Sounds of Summer” concert series at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers continues July 27 with a performance from Southwest Florida Hip Hop artist Chris Daniels.  The concert also serves as the official release party for Daniels’ new album, “Sweet Release: When Doves Cry Too.”  We’ll get a sneak preview as we hear tracks from the new album and explore our region’s vibrant hip hop scene and the deeply personal meanings and experiences that have inspired Daniels’ music.

Guava

Jul 20, 2018

Florida’s Democratic candidates for governor faced off in their fourth primary debate July 18 at Florida Gulf Coast University.  The debate was the first to include all five frontrunners in the primary, including former congresswoman Gwen Graham, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Orlando businessman Chris King, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and for the first time, Palm Beach County billionaire Jeff Greene.

Florida’s Democratic candidates for governor fielded questions ranging from Florida’s water woes and the political influence of the sugar industry to public education funding and school safety during Wednesday night’s debate at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.  This fourth debate was the first to include all five democratic frontrunners.

Southwest Florida’s own Reggae-Rock band Opposite States delivers a lively mix of reggae, rock, punk, and blues music at venues throughout the region.  The band consists of Chris Heine (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Eduardo Parada (Lead Guitar), Corey Moses (Bass) and Jake Young (Drums).  The band performs next at a Ska, Punk and Reggae show at Old Soul Brewing July 13, which will also feature music from fellow Southwest Florida bands Bargain Bin Heroes and The Kimberlys.  Opposite State’s Chris Heine joins us to tell us more about the band and to perform live in studio!

A group exhibition titled, “There’s Something in the Water” is currently running in the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s Capital Gallery in downtown Fort Myers.  The show features underwater works by Southwest Florida artists Mila Bridger, Katy Danca Galli and Arturo Samaniego and world-renowned underwater photographer Bob Halstead.  The exhibit runs through July 25.  We’ll talk with artists Mila Bridger and Katy Danca Galli about the show and about their unique approaches to creating art through photography.

Members of Southwest Florida’s state legislative delegation sent a joint letter to Governor Rick Scott, Thursday, requesting an emergency declaration for Lee County to address the toxic blue-green algae blooms impacting area waters. 

Irresistable BBQ

Jul 6, 2018

No advertising.  No signage. No regular hours of operation.  At first glance it doesn’t sound like the recipe for a particularly stable business model, but that could depend entirely on what you’re selling. If the recipe also includes a smoker, slabs of ribs and a secret recipe of spices and sauce, you may just have an irresistible product, as News Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams tells us in this week’s essay.

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