Craig Kopp

Host All Things Considered

Craig Kopp is a 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 Tampa Bay home with Molly the pug, Tom the Tom cat and Chester the Persian cat.

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Environment
8:40 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Fact-Checking the Governor's Tax Cut Promises

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If you know anything about Florida Governor Rick Scott you know one of his mantras -- less taxes. 

And as the legislature gets set to meet next month, Scott's budget will be a test of whether he's staying true to his campaign promises on that.

PolitiFact Florida has checked the budget against a couple of Scott's tax cut promises and has found that his proposals are, at least, on track.

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Making Sense of the Media
3:11 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

Making Sense of Brian Williams and Jon Stewart

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The world of TV news, and TV fake news, was shaken this week.  

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was suspended without pay for six months after his embellishment of his Iraq war coverage experience was exposed.

And then The Daily Show's Jon Stewart announced that he's leaving the fake news anchor desk by the end of the year.

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Politics
7:37 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Fact-Checking Marco Rubio's Immigration Stance

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Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is still pondering a run for the White house.

And Democrats are already taking shots at Rubio -- especially on his big issue, immigration.

Some are claiming he has back tracked on favoring immigration reform that that includes a pathway to citizenship for people in this country illegally now.

One of those Democrats is the Democratic National Committee Chair -- Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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Making Sense of the Media
3:41 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Making Sense of Internet Trolls

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Trolls aren't just those mythical uglies who live underneath a bridge and tend toward harassing travelers with impossible riddles.

Internet trolls are mean-spirited -- no -- hateful people who incessantly harass others on Twitter -- especially women.

One of those women is Lindy West -- a writer and frequent target of Twitter harassment.

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Making Sense of the Media
9:09 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Making Sense of the Superbowl and Facebook

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Super Bowl XLIX doesn't just feature The Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots.

It also features lots and lots of commercials selling for four-and-a-half million dollars for 30 seconds.

And Facebook wants a piece of the Super Bowl advertising action.

If you post anything on Facebook about the Super Bowl, ads will show in in your feed tailored to your particular interests.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Fact-Checking Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn on the Economy

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's reelection campaign is off and running with an ad playing on local cable TV.

And the 60 second commercial makes a lot of claims, especially about the fiscal health of Tampa under the Buckhorn administration.

For one thing, the commercial says that the Tampa Bay area leads Florida in job creation.

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Health News Florida
1:58 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

GOP Lawmaker Files Medical Marijuana Bill

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 8:42 am

There's a new push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, and a Republican lawmaker is leading the charge.

Though a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana failed in November, Republican lawmaker state Sen. Jeff Brandes has filed a bill to make medical marijuana legal for Florida residents.

"Amendment Two really was kind of a take-it-or-leave-it offer," said Brandes, R-St. Petersburg. 

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Making Sense of the Media
8:07 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Making Sense of Digital Stress

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Cell phone calls, texting, Facebook, Twitter and email are really adding to our daily stress, right?

Not necessarily.

There's a new study that says we aren't as stressed out by our digital lives as we think we are.

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Making Sense of the Media
7:05 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Making Sense of Charlie Hebdo

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The terrorist attack on the Paris satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo led people around the world to proclaim "Je Suis Charlie -- I am Charlie."

Twelve people died in the attack that was allegedly in retaliation for the publishing of cartoons that disrespected the religion of Islam.

But American journalists have struggled with publishing some Charlie Hebdo cartoons because they really are offensive to a wide range of people and groups.

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Politics
12:48 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Fact-Checking Marco Rubio's New Book

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Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio hasn't said if he's running for president in 2016.

But if you want a peek at what some planks of his presidential platform might look like, just crack open Rubio's new book, "American Dream: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone."

PolitiFact Florida did just that and has fact-checked a couple of claims in Rubio's book.

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Making Sense of the Media
8:35 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Making Sense Contest Entries

Making Sense of Facebook Movie 2-7-14

Making Sense of the Importance of Words 3-29-14

Making Sense of The Reemerging Bill Cosby Scandal 12-26-14

Making Sense of "The Interview" 12-19-14

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Making Sense of the Media
1:51 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Making Sense of the Bill Cosby Scandal

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Decades old allegations of sexual assault have come back to haunt Bill Cosby in a big way.

And, it all started with a viral comedy routine about Cosby's dark past by comedian Hannibal Buress -- and a clumsy internet response by Cosby's handlers.

That made it the internet story of the year, according to Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's Sense-Making Project.

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Making Sense of the Media
9:34 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Making Sense of Sony Pulling "The Interview"

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"The Interview" is a comedy from stoner bros Seth Rogen and James Franco about a TV entertainment reporter and his producer who get an interview with the leader of North Korea -- and then try to assassinate him at the request of the CIA.

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Florida Matters
8:38 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Florida Matters: Year 2 of Enrollment on HealthCare.gov (LISTEN)

It's the second year of enrollment for health insurance plans under the federal health law on HealthCare.gov, the website that Floridians, and people in dozens of other states, use to shop for health insurance.

As of Dec. 15, we have passed a key deadline, the deadline to buy a plan to have coverage that starts Jan. 1. But open enrollment runs through Feb. 15, 2015, and we have gathered a panel to talk about what consumers be doing now if they still need to get health insurance coverage to comply with the federal health law known as Obamacare.

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Florida Matters
12:01 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Deadline for Jan. 1 Health Coverage Gone – Now What?

Jodi Ray is the project director for Florida Covering Kids & Families at USF.
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The deadline has passed to buy a health plan on HealthCare.gov for coverage that starts Jan. 1, 2015.

But open enrollment goes through Feb. 15, 2015, and this week on Florida Matters on WUSF 89.7 FM, we talk about what consumers should do if they need to buy a health plan. The show airs on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 a.m. 

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