Carson Cooper, In Memoriam

Florida Matters Remembers
WUSF's Carson Cooper

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and colleague Carson Cooper died this weekend following a long illness. As a host of Morning Edition for 18 years, Carson was the voice of WUSF in the morning for radio listeners across the area. He was a warm and engaging host, and an important part of our team. We are so sorry to lose him.

We extend our most sincere condolences to Carson’s family. He will be greatly missed by the WUSF Public Media family and by the radio listeners of Tampa Bay.  If you would like to send a card to his family, WUSF would be honored to do so on your behalf. Our mailing address is WUSF Public Media, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., TVB100, Tampa, FL 33620.

Carson Cooper, In Memoriam

Florida Matters Remembers WUSF's Carson Cooper


Carson's Story

Carson Cooper was an undeniable favorite among WUSF listeners, known across Tampa Bay for his upbeat voice and incredible wit. He joined the station in January 2000 as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7. He later served as the host of WUSF's public affairs show "Florida Matters" since it launched in 2006.

During his time with WUSF, he reported on a variety of important issues in the community, including growth, education, transportation, affordable housing, public health and the environment. A Tennessee native, Carson moved to the area in 1981, and worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. Additionally, starting in 1999 he was the host and programmer of Jimmy Buffet's "Radio Margaritaville," now on Sirius satellite.


Published August 1, 2018

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