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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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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Making Sense of the Media
12:50 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Making Sense of Criticizing the President's Kids

It has become an odd Thanksgiving tradition at the White House -- the pardoning of a turkey.

But this year it turned serious after a communications director for a Republican congressman used the occasion to criticize the behavior of Barack Obama's two teenaged daughters.

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Politics
6:08 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Fact-Checking Mayor Bob Buckhorn's Promises

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn made a lot of specific promises when he ran for that office, from improved parks and public spaces to incentives to get police officers to live in the city, and more. 

How has he done on keeping those promises?

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Making Sense of the Media
4:54 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Making Sense of Uber Reporter Threats

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Uber -- the ride sharing app company -- is getting all kinds of attention.

And not just because of its innovative way to get you around town with unlicensed people you don't know.

It was recently revealed that an Uber executive was thinking about hiring investigators to dig up dirt on reporters who write negative articles about the company.

How can a high-tech driven company be so ham-handed when it comes to dealing with the media?

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Politics
2:30 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Fact-Checking the Popularity of Amendment Two

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In the midterm elections earlier this month in Florida, the constitutional amendment to allow for the distribution of medical marijuana needed 60 percent of the vote to pass.

Amendment Two received 57.6 percent.

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Making Sense of the Media
10:51 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Making Sense of Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift used to be just a considerable blip on the American media landscape -- country music star and tweener heroine.

Not anymore, though. With the release of her first all-pop music album "1989," Swift is changing the way music is being enjoyed, marketed and shared.

Swift's album is heading past two million in sales. That alone is bigger than any other release since 2002.

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Politics
10:39 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Fact-Checking Jeb Bush

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The 2014 midterm elections are over.

So it's on the the 2016 presidential race, right?   

Too soon?

Well, it wasn't too soon for a lot of would-be presidential hopefuls to use the midterm races to get a little bit of exposure - among them former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

And Bush was talking about some of his signature issues like education, along with voter touchstones like the economy.  

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Making Sense of the Media
10:46 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Making Sense of Election Coverage

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One of the big winners in the 2014 midterm elections wasn't a politician, it was Fox News

With huge Republican wins in the Senate and the House came big ratings for the Fox News Channel.

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Politics
9:37 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Post-Election Debrief on Governor, Amendments and Negative Campaigning

Gov. Rick Scott waves to the crowd as he and his wife, Ann, take the stage at a victory party in Bonita Springs after defeating Democratic challenger Charlie Crist on Tuesday
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It was as tight a race as predicted.

When all the votes were finally counted, Republican Gov. Rick Scott won re-election over former governor and Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist.

USF political science professor John Bertalan did political analysis for WUSF News during last night's election coverage.

WUSF's Craig Kopp talks with Bertalan about the big races in yesterday's Florida election -- especially the second razor-thin win by Rick Scott.

 

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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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