Andrea Perdomo

Andrea Perdomo is a reporter for WGCU News. She started her career in public radio as an intern for the Miami-based NPR station, WLRN. Andrea graduated from Florida International University, where she was a contributing writer for the student-run newspaper, The Panther Press, and also a member of the university's Society of Professional Journalists chapter. 

Usually, 29-year-old Jesús Núñez is very busy. He plays in an indie band, runs a marketing company with his wife, and sells real estate. So as his days in self quarantine began to add up,  he found himself searching for something to fill the void.

With empty shelves in grocery stores becoming a common sight during the pandemic, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued an emergency order to increase the speed at which fresh eggs can be sold to consumers.

**Update: On March 24, 2020, the Florida State Supreme Court issued a new administrative order  suspending jury trials until April 17, 2020.

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Florida’s Court System has suspended jury trials until Friday, March 27.

Scientists at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center have taken tomato research to the skies. 

About 100 educators and community leaders rose to their feet and applauded Governor DeSantis as he entered the North Collier Regional Park's community center in Naples Tuesday afternoon.

Concrete data on human trafficking is elusive, and Thursday, State Attorney Amira Fox was in Fort Myers to talk about her office's efforts to fill numerous gaps.

Florida Gulf Coast University held a ground-breaking ceremony Thursday at the site that will house the water focused research initiative, The Water School

About one hundred yards from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Broward Extension is a sort of palm tree graveyard.

While large, international nonprofits descend on the Bahamas, some small, grassroots efforts in Southwest Florida are packaging up help with a personal touch. A Fort Myers bail bonds business is spearheading one such effort. 

As the U.S. trade war with China rages on,  an economist weighed-in about possible long-term repercussions. 

In recognition of National Heatstroke Prevention Day, the Safe Kids Coalition of Southwest Florida partnered with first responders in Collier County to share tips on how to prevent leaving a child in a car and what to do if a person encounters a child left in a car.

The Fort Myers Police Department has partnered with local and state law enforcement agencies to host a Missing Person’s Day this upcoming weekend.

While summer is still in full swing, the start of the upcoming school year is fast approaching. To help ease the costs of school supplies and apparel, the Florida legislature has approved several tax-free days that will begin next week.

Esta semana, el centro de detención de migrantes para niños ubicado en Homestead comenzó a entregar a los niños a familiares.

La instalación es la más grande de su tipo en el país. Es administrado por una empresa privada y ha sido criticado públicamente en los últimos meses por ser superpoblado y por someter a los niños que viven allí a condiciones descritos como las de una prision.

The prayer room of Masjid Nur was filled wall to wall with men and women wearing elaborate, brightly colored clothing. They greeted one another warmly, as they found their way to open spots on the ruby-colored carpet.

Hurricane season officially began June 1, and the Lee County Emergency Management Department hosted an event on Monday to share resources and preparation tips for the season ahead. 

Big Hickory Island is one of many barrier islands that protect Southwest Florida's shores when storms batter the peninsula.

Love Pierre smiled broadly, as he approached the doors leading to the student services wing of Lorenzo Walker Technical College in Naples.

Staff members warmly greeted Pierre, 22, with hugs and smiles. Pierre was asked by the group of women to give a speech at the school's graduation ceremony on Thursday. 

Lynne Bruce is a workforce education advisor at the school. She first met Pierre two years ago while trying to help him get a textbook refund for a phlebotomy class.

A sea turtle nest found Monday on a Naples beach is the earliest one recorded since Collier County’s Sea Turtle Monitoring Program began keeping track over two decades ago.

About 50 people, including Lee County School District board members and Superintendent Dr. Gregory Adkins, gathered at the Lee County Public Education Center Tuesday evening to talk about school bus stop safety.


The cafeteria of the RCMA Immokalee Community School was decked out last Friday with balloons, streamers and banners in celebration of placing second in the nation for the 2019 Matific Math Games Challenge.  

Gov. Ron DeSantis was in Naples on Tuesday to make an announcement about hurricane recovery relief.

Republican U.S. Congressman Francis Rooney led an environmental excursion in Naples on Monday to spread the word about climate change in Southwest Florida.

United States Sen. Rick Scott was in Fort Myers on Friday to talk about passing federal legislation to tackle the rising costs of pharmaceutical drugs.

An event this Saturday in Fort Myers aims to break down the barriers that prevent black men from seeking health care. 

The Fort Myers Police Department released new facial reconstructions that were made from unidentified human skeletons that were found in 2007.

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Florida Gulf Coast University announced a new interdisciplinary initiative to lead the way toward solving the state's water problems. 

Spring break may be a time of leisure for most school-aged kids, but some local teens are using the time off from school to learn culinary skills.

University of Florida researchers have made some headway in their quest for cultivating vanilla plants that would thrive in the state.