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.


5:18 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Green Eyeshade Award Entry: Best Newscast

This is the entry for Green Eyeshade Award Best Newscast, which aired May 8, 2013. The anchor is WUSF's Carson Cooper.

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10:46 am
Tue December 31, 2013

PRNDI Award Entry: Best Newscast

This is the entry for PRNDI Award Best Newscast, which aired May 8, 2013. The anchor is WUSF's Carson Cooper.

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Florida Matters
5:44 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Adam Putnam: 'I'm a Conservative, but I'm not Angry About It"

Florida Matters host Carson Cooper (left) and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the Donis Studio at WUSF 89.7 recording this week's show, Nov. 12, 2013.
Credit Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

At age 26, he was the youngest member of Congress when he took office in 2001, but after a decade in Washington, Adam Putnam of Polk County said he wanted to leave on his own terms and come back to Florida.

“Nobody wonders now why it was that I wanted to get out of Congress.” Putnam told Florida Matters. “At the time, I said I wanted to get out with my soul and my sanity still in tack and I’m proud that I did. But the things that were frustrating me in Congress have only gotten worse. It’s just a hot, wet mess in Washington.”

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Florida Matters
6:18 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Florida Matters: Living on the Autism Spectrum

Recording Florida Mattters in WUSF's Donis Studio, (left to right) Danielle Casey, Carson Cooper, Andrew Casey and Dr. Karen Berkman.
Credit Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

How do young adults diagnosed with a form of autism describe themselves?

This week on Florida Matters, we meet Andrew Casey, 23, who interviewed his peers about their diagnosis and how they define themselves. And Andrew explains how he manages with Asperger's Syndrome which is on the autism spectrum.

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Law & Order
12:38 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

UPDATE: Arrest Made in I-4 Shooting Death

Fred William Turner Jr. of Orlando was shot to death by another motorist on I-4 in Tampa on Saturday
Credit Tampa Bay Times/Courtesy Turner family

UPDATE at 12:38 PM Monday, July 1st: According to a release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, an arrest has been made in connection with Saturday's killing of Fred William Turner, Jr., who was shot to death on Interstate 4. A press conference is scheduled for 3:30 this afternoon. No other information is available at this time.


Original post at 10:43 AM Monday, July 1st

Investigators in Hillsborough County have a mystery on their hands: who shot and killed a man driving on Interstate 4 over the weekend?

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9:53 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Listen: Vinny Lecavalier's Press Conference

Lightning team captain Vinny Lecavalier.
Credit The Tampa Bay Lightning

The National Hockey League 2013-2014 season will be different in several ways this year in Tampa.

There's re-alignment -- which takes the NHL's six-division format -- and makes it four divisions.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will be in the Eastern Conference Division C -- along with Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto.

Another change for the Lightning will be the absence of Vinny Lecavalier.

He learned Thursday morning while he was having breakfast with his family that his contract was being bought out by the team.

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12:00 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Best Newscast - 09/11/2012

This is our entry for Best Newscast 09/11/2012. Please click on the audio link below to listen.

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On This Date in History
8:39 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Remembering Colonel Leslie MacDill

Col. Leslie MacDill

Anyone who lives in the Tampa area for long is sure to become familiar with MacDill Avenue.

And the large airbase and economic engine at the tip of South Tampa is named MacDill AFB. But who is the man behind these names? 

Colonel Leslie MacDill was killed in a plane crash in Washington, D. C., on November 9, 1938.

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7:35 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Sam Gibbons - Tampa Goes to War

In conjunction with Ken Burns’ The War, WUSF produced a pair of documentaries in 2007 focusing on two Bay area communities and the residents who served in the military during World War II. Former Tampa Congressman Sam Gibbons, who died this week, is among the veterans featured in this episode of Tampa Goes to War.

9:10 am
Tue October 9, 2012

The Bay Area's Vice Presidential Debate

Associated Press

It was October 9th, 1996, when Vice Presidential candidates Al Gore and Jack Kemp met for a debate in St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater.  

The debate was moderated by PBS Newshour host Jim Lehrer, and was broadcast live ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, C-SPAN, and MSNBC.

WUSF Public Media will offer live coverage of this week's debate between Vice Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan from Danville, Kentucky, this Thursday evening beginning at 8:00.

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On This Date in History
8:54 am
Wed September 26, 2012

University of South Florida's First Student

University of South Florida

It was September 26, 1960, when 1,997 freshmen showed up for the very first classes at the University of South Florida.

Among them was Barbara Campbell -- student ID number 00001 -- USF's very first student!

Campbell earned a degree in education in 1963 and spent the next 30 years teaching in Hillsborough County schools.  She retired in 2005.

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8:00 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Great Gale of 1848

St. Petersburg Daily Times (1914)

The Tampa Bay area suffered a direct hit by a powerful hurricane on September 25th, 1848.

The so-called Great Gale of '48 destroyed nearly every building at Fort Brooke and was the storm that created John's Pass in Pinellas County and New Pass in Sarasota.

Incredibly no one was killed, but it remains the worst hurricane on record ever to have hit Tampa.

9:13 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Remembering 9/11

President Bush in Sarasota on the morning of 9/11
  • A brief clip from WUSF's Morning Edition just hours before the 9/11 attacks.

It was a day that started out like any other here in the Tampa Bay Area. 

President Bush was on a two-day swing through the state promoting education reform. 

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays were scheduled to host the Boston Red Sox that night at Tropicana Field.  That game would never be played.

7:55 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Dali Works Make Their U. S. Debut in St. Petersburg

Las Meninas (1977)
Dali Museum

A new exhibit -- "The Royal Inheritance: Dali Works from the Spanish National Collection" -- features 12 paintings in Dali's possession when he died in 1989.  

According to the Dali Museum, the collection contains early still life, nudes, portraits of Gala, stereoptic paintings, and rarely-seen works from 1983 which are considered his final paintings.

The exhibit opens this October and runs through March 2013.

11:20 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Tropical Storm Warning for Bay Area

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a number of watches and warnings for the Tampa Bay Area, including a tropical storm warning.

Click HERE for the very latest.
Current National Weather Service Radar