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.


Latest Videos

A Gulf Coast Journal | PBS Video

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. (Last episode produced June 2012)

A Gulf Coast Journal | May 2012

Jack Perkins finds the artful, innovative, odd & interesting on Florida's "Cultural Coast"

Aired on May 30, 2012, 8:00 pm

A Gulf Coast Journal | April 2012

Students of the Loveland Follies, a talented teen musician, and educators with advice.

Aired on April 26, 2012, 4:00 pm

A Gulf Coast Journal | March 2012

Host Jack Perkins explores the interesting people and places of Florida's Cultural Coast.

Aired on March 22, 2012, 12:01 am

A Gulf Coast Journal | January 2012

Visit Dakin Dairy Farm, Kentucky Military Institute, a celery field and a Ghost Tour.

Aired on January 25, 2012, 10:01 pm

A Gulf Coast Journal | December 2011

A look back at some of the Journal's Emmy Award winning stories and episodes.

Aired on December 28, 2011, 10:01 pm

A Gulf Coast Journal | November 2011

With each journal entry, veteran host Jack Perkins brings Florida's Gulf Coast to life.

Aired on November 23, 2011, 10:01 pm

View all videos from A Gulf Coast Journal on the WEDU PBS Video Portal


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