It's 2019. As WUSF prepares to bring you the news you rely on this year, we’re looking back at some of the station's big moments in 2018 through the lens of Florida Matters.

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In recent months, journalism groups have been recognizing news outlets across the country for outstanding work done in 2017, and WUSF has garnered multiple awards.

This week on Florida Matters we highlight some of the award-winning journalism produced by our WUSF news team.

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Carson Cooper, the friendly, familiar voice that greeted WUSF 89.7 listeners as they started their weekday mornings these past 18 years, has died.

Scott Keeler / Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Times columnist Craig Pittman says tourists need to know that Florida is so much more than Disney World:  "Some people think that there is no culture in Florida. They think our sense of architecture is Cinderella's Castle."

Pittman will be a guest on Travel With Rick Steves Saturday morning at 6 on WUSF 89.7.

WUSF TV License Sold; Station Will End Operations

Feb 8, 2017

The University of South Florida has sold WUSF Television as part of the Federal Communication Commissions's spectrum auction.

The license for the station was sold for $18.7 million. As part of its Broadcast Incentive Auction, the federal government is buying signals from broadcasters around the country to sell to wireless network providers.  

Phi Nguyen / U.S. House of Representatives

A documentary marking President John F. Kennedy's visit to Tampa just days before his assassination has been entered into the archives of the U.S. Library of Congress.

For St. Petersburg residents Phil and Jennie Crane it was Mise en Place's seared duck breast with foie gras that lured them waterside for dinner. And for James Spencer, president of Core Investment Management in Clearwater, it was affection for WUSF, as well as a friendship with restaurateur Steve Westphal that brought him and friends to the Parkshore Grill's table.


Fans of "Father Brown" and "Doc Martin," we've got the word you want to hear - WUSF TV is back up on the air today.

Over the weekend, a significant piece of equipment for WUSF TV failed, resulting in a large number of people being unable to see our programs. We apologize for the inconvenience.

That problem has been resolved. If you still can't see or hear our programs, please rescan or reset your system, which should resolve these issues.

Steve Newborn / WUSF 89.7 News

UPDATED 4:15 P.M. 3/4/14

Here's the University Beat TV report on the new WUSF studio at USF St. Petersburg.

Hear this week's University Beat radio report by clicking on this link.

Yuri Kadobnov / NPR/AFP/Getty Images

You're probably not going to make it over to Sochi to see the Winter Olympics in person...but you can enjoy the music of the games on Classical WSMR.

Each day WSMR will have musical impressions of the games, as well as the host and participating countries.  You’ll hear famous musical postcards along with some of the great classical music used in the figure skating competition. 

Starting today and each weekday during the Olympics, WSMR will have a different “theme” highlighting some of the events or countries that are participating in the Winter Games. There will also be updates on the latest medal winners at various times during the day (don't worry, you'll be warned in advance so your prime time viewing isn't disturbed!).


StoryCorps is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a new book out next week - and a visit to St. Petersburg early next year.

David Isay, creator of the oral history project, spoke to WUSF about Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps. It's the fourth collection of tales collected by the independent nonprofit organization, which lets people record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

WUSF News picked up a number of awards, including three first place honors, at the Associated Press Florida Broadcasters Awards Ceremony in Orlando this past weekend.

The WUSF News Team won First Place in the categories of "Continuing Coverage, Large Market Radio" for its coverage of the Republican National Convention and "Election Coverage, Large Market Radio" for its work on the 2012 Elections.

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The University of South Florida and a trio of WUSF reporters are being honored for their work in response to the BP Gulf oil spill in 2010.

A team of USF researchers and officials, led by Dr. William Hogarth, are among the recipients of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Tampa Bay's STEM Catalyst Collaborative Partnerships Award.

Behind the Scenes of WUSF News at the RNC

Sep 7, 2012
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WUSF Public Media mounted an unprecedented effort to cover the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Here are some of the photos from behind the scenes of the convention and behind the coverage on WUSF.

Special thanks to the organizations and companies that helped underwrite WUSF's coverage of the RNC: Lead sponsors All Children's Hospital and The Mosaic Company; as well as sponsors Bok Tower Gardens, Business Roundtable, Eurovision, and TECO Energy.

In Defense Of Tampa

Aug 31, 2012

It's been a rough week for my adopted hometown.

First, it looked like our worst nightmare would come true: a direct hit from Hurricane Isaac with tens of thousands of visitors in town for the Republican National Convention.

We were spared the worst of Isaac — but then came a raft of snarky stories about Tampa.

I’m excited to announce that we’ve received one of the most prestigious honors in broadcast journalism, a national Edward R. Murrow award.

This is for an audio documentary we featured on Florida Matters about a man who jumped off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge…and survived.