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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Making Sense of the Media
8:24 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Making Sense of Where We Get Our News

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Would you be surprised to learn that liberals and conservatives don't get their news from the same sources?

That's one of the findings in a big Pew Research study called Political Polarization and Media Habits.

Before you say, "Well, duh," Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's Sense-Making Project says there are some things to be learned from this study.

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Politics
9:40 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Fact Checking Recycled Claims in the Governor's Race

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Think you've seen every attack possible in TV ads in the Florida governor's race?     

Well, you are probably right.

Even new ads popping up in the week before the election November 4th have the same old talking points -- just in different packages.

That's the conclusion of PolitiFact Florida -- which fact-checked the new ads with old attacks.

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Politics
8:58 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Who Stole the American Dream? Hedrick Smith on His Latest Book

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Who stole the American Dream?  That's the title of Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter Hedrick Smith's latest book.

The man who helped publish the Pentagon Papers is making several Florida appearances to talk about his investigation of the American economy and public policy.

He spoke Monday at St. Petersburg College Seminole, and will appear at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at New College in Sarasota and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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Making Sense of the Media
5:51 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Making Sense of #Gamergate

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There is a growing criticism of the rampant sexism and misogyny in the video games.

And now there's a big backlash from the world of gamers in the form of #gamergate.

A mostly male group of gamers is fighting back against people - mostly women - who have increased pressure to reduce over-sexualized portrayals of women and violence against women in video games.

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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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