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In a one-hour primetime special, WUSF and WEDU examined the after effects the oil spill had on our community, and throughout the Gulf Coast and what progress has been made in the restoration efforts. During the program, Florida's leading scientists discussed their continuing role in measuring the effects of the oil spill. You learned how two Governors responded to the spill - both Governor Crist who was on the ground during the tragic event, and now Governor Scott; and how everyday people in the Tampa Bay area are fighting for their families' traditions by staying in industries devastated by the spill.

"I think this is public media at its best. The rest of the media left this story a long time ago, but we found out that there are many environmental questions still unanswered, and many families whose businesses were hurt and still have not been made whole," stated Scott Finn, WUSF News Director.


WUSF Special News Report: Oil Spill in the Gulf 2011

On April 20, 2010, an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 workers and launched the oil spill in the Gulf. What was the effect on wildlife? The fishing industry? Tourism?

WUSF goes beyond sensational headlines and speaks directly with scientists, officials and Florida residents to bring you the answers you need to know.

Scientists are working to track the affects of the oil spill both on and below the surface. They're working to measure its affects on marine life, wildlife and the shoreline ecosystems.

WUSF Reporter, Steve Newborn revisits the situation in the Gulf, in 2011. LEARN MORE on WUSF's Special News Report page, "Oil Spill in the Gulf, 2011."


"GulfWatch: One Year Later" on Florida Matters

It's been a year since the oil finally stopped spilling into the Gulf, and we're just beginning to understand the impact on Florida's environment, politics and business. We talk to researchers, small business owners, environmentalists and industry officials about the lasting legacy of the spill. Tuesday, July 19 at 6:30 PM on WUSF 89.7.


Hosted By Al Ruechel, Sr. Anchor Bay News 9

GulfWatch:One Year Later was hosted by Al Ruechel, Bay News 9's senior anchor. He brings more than 38 years of experience, knowledge and perspective to the anchor desk, including 21 years as an anchor/reporter here in the Bay area. His energy and enthusiasm can be seen in the afternoon weekdays and on weeknights during the 7:00 PM News. Click Here to learn more about Al Ruechel.



Seth McKee is an Associate Professor of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. His areas of expertise include teaching and researching American political institutions and political behavior, Southern politics, political parties and redistricting.

Darden Rice is Florida Program Director for the Gulf Restoration Network, which is working to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region. She’s served as a longtime clean energy advocate for the National Sierra Club, serving most recently as the National Field Coordinator for the Cool Cities Global Warming program. Rice co-founded the Pinellas Living Green Expo and is currently president of the St. Petersburg League of Women Voters.

David R. Mica is executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council. The council is a division of the American Petroleum Institute, a trade association with more than 400 members representing all areas of the petroleum industry. He began his career as a district assistant to then-U.S. Sen. Lawton Chiles and later moved into legislative advocacy as the director of legislative affairs for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. He is also a founder and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Keep Florida Beautiful.

Steven A. Murawski is a Professor of Biological Oceanography and Downtown Progress-Peter Betzer Endowed Chair at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg. He was director of scientific programs and chief science advisor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service and a key figure in the nation’s scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Murawski co-founded the CAMEO (Comparative Analysis of Marine Ecosystem Organization) program – a jointly funded program among NOAA Fisheries and the National Science Foundation –which supported analyses of marine ecosystems throughout the nation. He is currently a vice-president of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), a 20-nation organization dedicated to increasing understanding of ocean ecosystems.

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