Bringing Florida’s Gulf Coast to Life

From 2004 to 2012, Jack Perkins, formerly of NBC News and the A&E series Biography, hosted the locally produced A Gulf Coast Journal 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, 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.

In 9 seasons, A Gulf Coast Journal received 9 Suncoast Emmy Awards, 33 Suncoast Emmy nominations and 2 Griot Drum Awards. The program was 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 | May 2012

Jack Perkins finds the artful, innovative, odd & interesting on Florida’s “Cultural Coast”

A Gulf Coast Journal | April 2012

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

A Gulf Coast Journal | March 2012

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

A Gulf Coast Journal | January 2012

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

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


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