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
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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Making Sense of the Media
7:38 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Making Sense of Ice Bucket Challenge and Ferguson on Social Media

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It is a tale of two social media sites.                                                       

Facebook has been inundated with videos of people taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge -- donate $100 to ALS research or take a bucket of ice water over your head.

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Politics
6:18 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

Fact-Checking Scott and Crist on Duke Energy

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Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer has pledged to target candidates who he deems bad for the environment and as deniers of climate change.

And Florida Governor Rick Scott is one of the candidates in Steyer's sights.

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Making Sense of the Media
2:05 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Making Sense of Ferguson Reporter Arrests

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Rioting in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson -- after an unarmed teenager was shot to death by police -- has brought media attention the likes of which that small community has never seen.

And, reporters have experienced everything from tear-gassing to arrest as they try to cover the story.

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Politics
8:10 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Fact-Checking Who's Paying for All Aboard Florida

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Governor Rick Scott declined to accept federal money for a high speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando.

But Scott is supporting the All Aboard Florida project -- a rail line from Miami to West Palm Beach that could eventually reach Orlando.

The difference, Scott says, is that there's not government money involved in this rail project.

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Florida Matters
3:01 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Gun Questions: Free Speech or Intrusion?

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 3:00 pm

A federal appeals court recently upheld a Florida law that limits what doctors can tell their patients about gun ownership.

Doctors claim that it’s their First Amendment right to ask any question they want of their patients including questions about guns. The backers of this law say keeping records on whether they have guns in their homes violates their Second Amendment rights.

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Making Sense of the Media
1:29 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Making Sense of a New Way to Teach Journalism

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It's just a journalism class. But the syllabus for this once a week class at Boston University went viral.

No doubt that is,  in part, because it is being taught by iconoclast  New York Times columnist David Carr.

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Politics
12:29 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Fact-Checking the Governor on Early Voting Laws

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The governor of Florida got a dressing down from the Attorney General of the United States recently.

In a letter to Rick Scott late last month, Attorney General Eric Holder warned Scott that he's "carefully monitoring" voter access in the state.

Holder wrote that he is "deeply disturbed that during your tenure, your state has repeatedly added barriers to voting and restricted access to the polls."

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