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.


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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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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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?


 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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Health News Florida
3:13 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Doctors Critical to Human Trafficking Fight

From left to right: WUSF's Carson Cooper, Dr. Maulik K. Trivedi, Connie Rose and Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 9:19 am

Florida Matters this week took a deeper look at human trafficking, including the role physicians in the state play in identifying those at risk, and treating those who have been victimized.

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Florida Matters
4:07 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Florida Matters: Human Trafficking

Panel (R-L) Attorney General Pam Bondi; Connie Rose; Dr. Maulik K. Trivedi; and WUSF's Carson Cooper.
Credit Mary Shedden / WUSF

According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, Florida is third in the number of calls to the national human trafficking hotline.

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Florida Matters
11:45 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Florida Matters: The 70th Anniversary of D-Day

From left: Author Gary Mormino, military historian William Polson, First Lt. Gerald Berry (retired) and Florida Matters host Carson Cooper
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

This Friday will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the historic military landing at Normandy during World War II. 

This week on Florida Matters, we'll take a look at D-Day through the eyes of a C-47 pilot who was there.  First Lt. Gerald “Bud” Berry was among those who flew paratroopers behind enemy lines in the hours before the beach invasion. 

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Florida Matters
4:19 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Florida Matters Preview: 2014 Legislative Session

State lawmakers ended this year's 60-day legislative session by passing a record $77.1 billion budget, along with laws that deal with everything from immigrant tuition to medical marijuana.

We take a look at what lawmakers did and did not do on Florida Matters tonight at 6:30 p.m. on WUSF 89.7 FM. 

Our panel includes state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, state Rep. Mark Danish, D-Tampa, and senior political reporter William March of The Tampa Tribune.

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On This Date in History
1:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge Disaster: Tragedy Over Tampa Bay

Richard Hornbuckle escaped near certain death when his car skidded to a top just 14 inches from the edge.
Credit: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg Times) 1980

ABOVE:  The actual audio of the Coast Guard distress call seconds after the accident.

It was Friday, May 9th, 1980  -- at 7:33 am -- when the freighter Summit Venture rammed into the Sunshine Skyway Bridge during a severe storm.  

The bridge's support pier was no match for the 20,000-ton ship.  The pier was destroyed and the roadway above crashed into the waters of Tampa Bay.

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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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