Craig Kopp

Host All Things Considered

Craig Kopp is relatively new to Florida and the Tampa Bay area. The veteran broadcaster and writer spent the majority of his 30 year career in Ohio.

Craig graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1974 with a BA in American History and a minor in Journalism and immediately went into radio journalism in nearby Toledo.

From there it was on to Cincinnati where he headed up an award winning radio newsroom at WEBN. A rock station with an award-winning newsroom, Craig likes to point out. In Cincinnati, Craig also co-hosted a current events talk show, wrote movie reviews and features for the Cincinnati Post and did the same for Channel 9, Channel 12 and Channel 19 television.

He ended his Cincinnati career at public radio station WNKU at Northern Kentucky University. The opportunity to work at a growing and dedicated public radio newsroom brought Craig to WUSF in June 2011 to anchor “All Things Considered.”

Craig’s wife Rhonda is a marriage counselor. They share their Apollo Beach home with Molly the pug, Tom the Tom cat and Chester the Persian cat.

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Politics
3:16 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Fact-Checking Lifespan of Greenlight Pinellas

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One of the big local issues being voted on in the upcoming election is Greenlight Pinellas -- which would replace a property tax funding public transportation in Pinellas County with a one-cent sales tax.

That would fund an expansion of bus service and a light rail system from St. Petersburg to Clearwater.

Opponents say the tax is unfair, and in a recent email No Tax For Tracks claimed that the tax increase  is irreversible.

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Making Sense of the Media
2:34 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Making Sense Of HBO Alone

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Netflix, there's going to be a new player in your neighborhood.  

HBO has announced that next year it is launching a standalone online service, meaning people who don't subscribe to HBO on cable will still be able to watch the entertainment service's top shows - online.

Is this the beginning of the end of cable subscription services like HBO?

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Politics
1:58 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Fact-Checking Charge that Crist is Corrupt

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Election day is getting close -- and the TV ad war between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist rages on. 
 

One of the latest ads from the Scott side pulls no punches. It calls Crist a "corrupt politician" who funneled taxpayer money into what amounted to a Ponzi scheme.

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Making Sense of the Media
8:28 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Making Sense of The Washington Post Comeback

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Reports of The Washington Post's death are apparently greatly exaggerated.         

Since the purchase of the venerable newspaper by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos last summer, The Washington Post has seen print sales stabilize and website page views increase by 63 per cent.

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Politics
7:02 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Fact-Checking Crist Flip-Flops

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In the race for Florida governor, the TV ads just keep coming.           

The latest ad from the Republican Party of Florida attacks Democratic candidate Charlie Crist for his changing positions on everything from party affiliation to Obamacare to the economic stimulus plan and abortion.

PolitiFact Florida saw the ad and fact-checked the flip flop accusations.

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Making Sense of the Media
6:33 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Making Sense of the Media's Treatment of Ebola

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Ebola has come to the United States.                                  

And, with the Ebola diagnosis of a man in Dallas who had traveled to this country from Africa, the frightening Ebola outbreak took on new meaning for Americans -- and the U-S media.

Cable news networks and social media like Twitter and Facebook lit up with the news that the scary disease had been diagnosed in this country.

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Politics
11:57 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Fact-Checking Charge that Charlie Crist Swindled Investor

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If you watch television is the state of Florida, you have probably seen a TV ad from the Republican Party of Florida featuring a man who says he was swindled by Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.

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Politics
6:40 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

USF's Sunshine State Survey Results on Jobs

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USF's School of Public Affairs has released the latest results of its annual Sunshine State Survey.  USF and Nielsen are asking how Floridians feel about a variety of issues.

USF Political Scientist Dr. Susan MacManus said Floridians believe the biggest threat to Florida's economy is unemployment. But they rated undocumented immigrants as the third biggest concern.

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Making Sense of the Media
1:35 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Making Sense of the Ray Rice Domestic Violence Story

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It's a story that's been dominating media coverage -- top to bottom -- from mainstream media to social media and everything in between.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice had already been suspended for two games after a video surfaced of him hauling his unconscious then-fiancé Janay out of an Atlantic City elevator.

Now Rice has been suspended indefinitely after the rest of that video surfaced, showing the punch that knocked out Janay, who is now his wife.

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Politics
11:50 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Scott and Crist Using the Same Ponzi Scammer in Commercials: A PolitiFact-Check

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The battle for the Florida governor's office is fully engaged now.  

And, oddly, both Republican Governor Rick Scott and his challenger, Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, appear to be using some of the same ammunition.

Both the Republican Party of Florida and the Crist campaign have recently cited convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein in ads slamming their opponent.

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Making Sense of the Media
2:22 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

Making Sense of Coverage of Beheadings

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There's no doubt in anybody's mind that the beheadings of American journalists by ISIS extremists is news.

But the distribution of videos of those beheadings is also clearly part of an ISIS propaganda campaign.

So how can journalists cover the story and not play into the hands of ISIS propagandizing?

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Politics
4:20 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Amendment 2 Provides Marijuana Forever? No Says PolitiFact

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The hot ballot issue in Florida in November is Amendment 2, which would legalize the medical use of marijuana in the state.

Backers of Amendment 2 say it's the compassionate thing to do for people with serious illnesses whose symptoms can be lessened with marijuana use.

Opponents say it's just going to open the door for abuse.

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Making Sense of the Media
8:46 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Making Sense of Twitch.TV

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Why did Amazon just pay a billion dollars cash for a website most people have never heard of -- twitch.tv?

And, for that matter, what they heck is twitch.tv?

Well, 45 million people click to that site every month to watch other people play video games.

Welcome to the world of esports.

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Florida Matters
12:01 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Ira Glass Declares Craig Kopp 'Normal'

Ira Glass, creator and host of This American Life.

Ira Glass, the host and creator of This American Life, will be in town Sept. 13 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg for “Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass.”

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Politics
2:49 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Fact-Checking Charge that Obamacare Blocks Florida Insurance Rate Regulation

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Health insurers want to raise rates in 2015 -- but Florida's insurance regulators are pretty much powerless to stop that.

And the Republican Party of Florida says that's Obamacare's fault.

Is that true?

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