Carson Cooper

Host Morning Edition/Florida Matters

Carson Cooper has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the host of "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for three decades.

He has been the host of WUSF's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.

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Florida Matters
8:56 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Florida Matters: Energy in Florida

Duke Energy's Crystal River nuclear generator
Associated Press

 This week on Florida Matters, we're continuing our preview of the upcoming Florida Legislative session. State lawmakers have filed a half-dozen bills dealing with how your power company operates in Florida.  What are the chances that changes are on the way?  Our panel includes Tampa Bay Times reporter Ivan Penn  and state Rep. Amanda Murphy, D-New Port Richey.

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Florida Matters
4:32 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Florida Matters: Amendment One

Algae clouds part of Rock Springs near Apopka, Fla.
Robin Sussingham

Back in November, voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment One, which sets aside millions of dollars for land and water conservation.

This week on Florida Matters, we'll take a look at where exactly that money might go.

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Florida Matters
4:31 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Florida Matters: A Look at Mental Health Funding, Spending

Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, Inc.

Florida ranks at or near the bottom when it comes to per capita funding for mental health services in the U.S. 

This week on Florida Matters, we'll take a look at just how that's playing out in Florida, along with the push for more funding -- and smarter spending -- for those services.

Law enforcement officials say that by the time a person reaches to the criminal justice system, the situation is at a crisis-level. Agencies that work with mental health patients say they serve thousands each year, but they are seeing just the tip of the iceberg.  

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Florida Matters
11:21 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Florida Matters: Same-Sex Marriage in FL

Jan. 6 marked the first day in Florida history that same sex couples were able to legally marry. To mark the occasion, Hillsborough County Clerk Pat Frank held a group wedding at a park across the street from the courthouse.
Robin Sussingham WUSF News

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Florida since Jan. 6, 2015. The issue is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court this summer, but in the meantime, marriage licenses are being issued to same-sex couples.

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Florida Matters
1:11 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Florida Matters Preview: The History of Gasparilla

The Tampa Rough Riders Club during the pirate invasion near the Tampa Convention Center.
Lottie Watts WUSF

When the famous and infamous Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates invades Tampa on Saturday, Jan. 31, it will be the 100th such procession along Bayshore Boulevard and the streets of downtown Tampa.

On Florida Matters Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., we take a look at this year's invasion, and the history of this curious event. Our guests are Sgt. Jarrett Seal of the Tampa Police Department, and Shamus Warren, a pirate with Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

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Florida Matters
9:00 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Florida Matters Preview: Researchers Trying to Identify Remains Exhumed from Dozier

Glen Varnadoe speaks at a September 2014 news conference at USF announcing the recovery and identification of remains of his uncle from the grounds of the Dozier School for Boys.
Credit Lucielle Salomon / WUSF

For years, claims of abuse, beatings, rapes and murder of students by staff have come from those who survived the Dozier School for Boys,  the now-closed state-run reform school in the Florida Panhandle.

Many families are still wondering what happened to their loved ones, and some are getting answers as researchers from the University of South Florida identify remains that have been exhumed from the grounds of Dozier.

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Politics
9:02 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Best Newscast Submission Carson Cooper

This is our submission for Best Newcast. It was recorded Oct. 27, 2014.

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World Affairs
12:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Best Newscast Entry 10/31/14

Florida Matters
3:33 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Florida Matters: Veterans Coming Home

Florida Matters host Carson Cooper with Sgt. Tedd "Gunny" Weiser with Saint Leo University's Veteran Student Services Office; Sgt. Eric Garcia, director for veteran outreach with Team Red, White, and Blue; and Cpt. Colleen Krepstekies, public affairs manager for the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.
Credit Lottie Watts / WUSF

The transition from military service to civilian life can be full of challenges.

As part of our Veterans Coming Home project -- made possible in part by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- we gathered a panel to talk about this transition at the Veterans Legacy Summit hosted by The Patterson Foundation on Nov. 15 at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota. 

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Politics
8:29 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Attorney General Pam Bondi Re-Elected, Talks With Carson Cooper

Republican Pam Bondi has been re-elected as Florida's attorney general.

Voters on Tuesday chose the incumbent Bondi over Democrat George Sheldon. With over half the expected vote counted, Bondi led 55-42 percent.

The 48-year-old Bondi is a close ally of Gov. Rick Scott and is confident Scott will be re-elected. She raised more than $4 million for her re-election. That dwarfed the money raised by Sheldon, a former legislator and Department of Children and Families head.

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Florida Matters
8:10 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Florida Matters Preview: Wrong-Way Crashes

A sign on Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg alerts motorists of a wrong-way driver.
Credit FHP

Since February, there have been five wrong-way crashes that have caused 11 deaths on highways in the Tampa area.

We will take an in-depth look at this apparent outbreak of crashes this week on Florida Matters on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 a.m. on WUSF 89.7 FM.

According to transportation experts and law enforcement, alcohol plays a huge role in the fatal wrong-way crashes.

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Florida Matters
9:35 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Florida Matters Preview: No Tax for Tracks vs. Yes on Greenlight

A PSTA bus in St. Petersburg.
Credit Lottie Watts / WUSF Public Media

This November, voters will decide the fate of Greenlight Pinellas, which includes a one-cent increase in the county’s sales tax in exchange for a long-term plan for light rail and expanded bus service.

This week on Florida Matters, we will hear from both sides of the debate. The conversation airs Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 a.m. on WUSF 89.7 FM.

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Florida Matters
4:18 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Florida Matters Preview: Are You A Savvy Health Consumer?

Credit AHRQ.gov

 The last time you felt dizzy or experienced an unusual pain, be honest.  Did you Google it? Or have you ever read a post on Facebook that got you worried about your health?

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