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
1:22 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Fact-Checking Senator Nelson's Florida Population Claims

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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson wants Florida to be ready if and when a hurricane strikes.

That's why during a recent Senate Armed Services committee hearing, Nelson argued against cuts to the Florida National Guard.

As he made his argument, Nelson also took a little jab at New York State.

Nelson said, ""My state of Florida is now the third-largest state. We have surpassed New York in population."

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Making Sense of the Media
12:37 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Making Sense of New News Startups

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Statistician Nate Silver made quite the splash with his "FiveThirtyEight" blog on the New York Times website.

Why? Well, he very accurately predicted the outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election, for one thing.

So, now Silver -- with backing from ESPN -- has launched his own FiveThirtyEight website.

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Politics
12:53 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fact-Checking Governor Scott on Job Creation

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"Jobs" has been Rick Scott's mantra since becoming governor of Florida.          

Talk about any topic and Florida's governor is more than likely going to, somehow, end up talking about job creation.

And that certainly hasn't changed as Scott gears up his reelection campaign.

Most recently, the Governor has said Florida has created 540,000 jobs since 2010.

Are the governor's stats -- which came in an online ad -- correct?

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Making Sense of the Media
12:48 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Making Sense of the NCAA Cat Mug Confiscation

Credit Jason Gay

The tweet from Wall Street Journal reporter Jason Gay  -- sent from a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament game at Madison Square Garden -- read as follows:

"NCAA has very strict rules for NCAA-only cups at March Madness. I have brought my cat mug. Stay tuned."

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Politics
1:21 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Fact-Checking Rubio and Scott on ACA Claims

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Right around the 4th anniversary of its passage, the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act -- also known as Obamacare -- has come and gone.

While the White House has been celebrating the number of sign-ups -- a number that's in dispute -- critics, including many Republicans, claim the law is fatally flawed.

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Environment
9:45 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Grandma Gatewood: A Long Walk Into Hiking History

Credit Chicago Review Press

In the spring of 1955, 67-year-old Emma Gatewood left her home in Ohio, telling her children she was going for a walk.

What she didn't tell them was she was going for a walk on the Appalachian Trail - all 2050 miles from Georgia to Maine.  

When she finished the following fall, she became the first woman ever to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, or "the AT," as hikers refer to it.

She did it with a homemade sort of backpack, wearing tennis shoes and with about 200 dollars in spending money.

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Making Sense of the Media
2:55 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Making Sense of 'Over' and 'More Than'

Credit Associated Press

Be advised. This story may seem to have a high nerd potential.  But it really does have a lot of significance to news consumers in the digital age.

A furor was unleashed recently when the Associated Press announced to a convention of newspaper copy editors that its stylebook -- the usage bible for editors everywhere -- was going to allow the use of both "over" and "more than" to describe an amount.

Believe it or not, this change cut deep for the men and women who spend their working hours trying to be precise in their use of language.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Fact-Checking Charges that Florida's New Testing Company Has a Gay Agenda

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It may be under a new name, the Florida Standards, but new math and language standards being adopted by Florida are based on Common Core standards being adopted by dozens of states nationally.

That isn't making Common Core opponents happy -- so now they are taking aim at the company Florida has chosen to create new accountability tests for Florida students.

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Making Sense of the Media
2:10 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Making Sense of Online Quizzes

Credit buzzfeed.com

So which super power should you have? Which U.S. President are you?  Which member of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials are you?

Seriously, there's actually a quiz for all of those questions on the internet.

There's no real answer as to why anyone would actually want to know these things, but Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's "Sense-Making Project" does have some answers about why there are all these online quizzes.

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Politics
2:53 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Fact-Checking Charlie Crist's Claim That The Recovery Started During His Administration

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The economy is definitely going to be a campaign issue in the Florida gubernatorial race, with Republican Gov. Rick Scott claiming that he's cleaned up the economic mess left by his predecessor -- Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist.

It is Crist who will be running to unseat Scott.

As Florida's governor, Crist served from January 2007 to January 2011 when the wheels fell off Florida's economy -- and the country's -- in what's now referred to as the great recession.

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Making Sense of the Media
6:26 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Making Sense of the President on 'Between Two Ferns'

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President Barack Obama has been leaving no stone unturned in his search for signups to the Affordable Care Act ahead of the March 31st deadline. 

To get his message to the younger crowd, the President even made an appearance on "funnyordie.com's" fake cable access show, "Between Two Ferns," hosted by comedian Zack Galifianakis.

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Politics
12:22 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Fact Checking Will Weatherford on $30 a Month Health Care Plans

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The March 31st deadline is approaching for folks to sign up for a health insurance plan that's compliant with the "Affordable Care Act".

Meanwhile, Florida state lawmakers are back at work and Democrats are, once again, trying to get the state to accept federal dollars under Obamacare to expand Medicaid in the state.

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Making Sense of the Media
2:49 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Making Sense of Publicizing Sex Abuse History

Credit Penn State

Former assistant Penn State football coach Mike McQueary is a hero to some for revealing that he saw former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually assault a young boy in a Penn State locker room in 2001.

That got Sandusky sent to prison... but it also led to the resignation of Penn State's beloved head football coach Joe Paterno.

McQueary had said he told Paterno about the abuse but nothing was ever done about it.

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Making Sense of the Media
7:02 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Making Sense of Binge Watching

"House of Cards - Season Two" premiered on "Netflix" Friday, February 21.      

By that Sunday,  two percent of Netflix customers -- that's 634,000 households -- had watched all 13 episodes.

That's 13 hours of one TV show.

That is what we're now calling "binge watching!"

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Law & Order
12:25 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Fact-Checking Gaetz on Medical Marijuana Amendment

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This November, voters in Florida will decide the fate of medical marijuana.          

Critics of the measure say this will open the floodgates and eventually lead to recreational use of pot.  Senate President Don Gaetz said recently that the way the proposed amendment is worded, just about any medical condition - real or perceived - will allow folks to get pot.

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