Bringing Florida’s Gulf Coast to Life

Sarasota County resident Jack Perkins, formerly of NBC News and A&Es Biography, hosts this locally produced monthly series showcasing Venice, Sarasota and the adjacent communities.

In October of 2004, The Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice awarded WEDU a grant for $178,014, the largest programming grant the station has ever received in its 45 year history, allowing WEDU to produce this monthly magazine focusing on Sarasota County. “Our Foundation Board wants to highlight for our communities and the entire WEDU viewing area how connected we all are, and to illuminate the wonderful stories and good works happening in our communities every day. We see WEDU and A Gulf Coast Journal as a perfect way to accomplish both goals,” said Teri A. Hansen, President/CEO Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice.

Now in its eighth season, A Gulf Coast Journal has received 9 Suncoast Emmy Awards, 33 Suncoast Emmy nominations and 2 Griot Drum Awards. The program has been recognized under the categories: Best Magazine Program, Best Feature Segment, Best Education/Schools Program, Best Nostalgia Program, Best Coverage of People of Color, Best Writing and Best Photography.
 

A Gulf Coast Journal Latest Videos

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With each journal entry of the Emmy award-winning series, host Jack Perkins brings the artful, innovative, sometimes odd, and always interesting people and places of West Central Florida to life.

A Gulf Coast Journal | July 2011

Visit elementary students, evil insects, llocal llamas, egg painting and more.

A Gulf Coast Journal | June 2011 Preview

Laughing with Chucko the clown, students wax poetic and a break for burdened caregivers.

A Gulf Coast Journal | June 2011

Laughing with Chucko the clown, students wax poetic and a break for burdened caregivers.

A Gulf Coast Journal | May 2011 Preview

A Gulf Coast Journal - May, 2011 Preview

A Gulf Coast Journal | May 2011

Daddy Boot Camp; toy/game inventors, textile artists; a new sport

A Gulf Coast Journal | April 2011

A circus ringmaster; saving the seahorse; Sarasota Jewish Chorale; the Hula Hoop.

A Gulf Coast Journal | December 2010

Asolo Repertory Theatre's Conservatory; S/ART/Q; Sarasota Jungle Gardens

A Gulf Coast Journal | November 2010

Young Chef's Camp; Wolf Chant Refuge; Sarasota Military Academy's Amateur Radio Club

A Gulf Coast Journal | October 2010

Burwell "Bumpy" Jones; The Girl Scouts; Sean and Brooks Paxton; Shelter Box

A Gulf Coast Journal | September 2010

Drum Circle Distilling; The Floating Chapel; Fox Lea Farm

A Gulf Coast Journal | August 2010

Mote Marine; the Cryin' Shames; North Port Church

A Gulf Coast Journal | July 2010

Ann Hobson's Harp; the history of Bertha Palmer. Phil Baker's antique collection.

A Gulf Coast Journal | June 2010

Married artists; A prodigy musician; Tom Dignam; Horse surfing

A Gulf Coast Journal | May 2010

Tea, anyone? One of Sarasota's best kept secrets. 12 year old Maria Willies.

A Gulf Coast Journal | April 2010

High wire walker; Growing the Venice Theatre; Artist Linda Thompson; Sarasota Boxing Club.

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