Media Breakfast: Meet the Panel
Media Breakfast Panel
Krista grew up in Montana and got her start in TV as a reporter at KMOT-NBC in Minot, ND where she also attended Minot State University and received her BA in Broadcasting. In 2002 she moved to the Sunshine State and worked as the Main Anchor at FOX4 in Fort Myers for five years. Krista moved back up North for a few years and worked as the Main Anchor in South Bend, IN where she helped start up an ABC news operation. SWFL was beckoning her back home. She is happy to be giving you the morning news for NBC2.
Amy Tardif is the Station Manager and News Director for WGCU-FM. She’s responsible for the sound of the public radio station, is a reporter and occasionally hosts Gulf Coast Live. Her documentary Lucia’s Letter on human trafficking received a 2011 Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, among others. She serves the RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association) Board of Directors for which she helped write an e-book on plagiarism and fabrication.
Osvaldo Padilla is the managing editor of Florida Weekly. A graduate of the master’s program at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, he has covered Capitol Hill for media outlets in Oregon and the Keys, and served as a reporter for WINK-TV and the News-Press. During his time at Florida Weekly, the paper has won dozens of awards including General Excellence from the Florida Press Association.
Jean Gruss is the editor for the Lee and Collier areas of the Business Observer, a regional publication that covers business news from Tampa to Naples. Before joining the Review in 2005, Jean was an editor with the Kiplinger business publications in Washington, D.C. Jean started his media career in 1991 with the Panama City (Fla.) News-Herald where he was business editor. From 1994 to 1999, Jean was a business writer for The Tampa Tribune.
Steve McQuilkin is the New Economy and Education editor at The News-Press. Steve is on his second stint as the business editor of The News-Press, where he has also been executive metro editor, data editor and real estate editor. Steve is an investigative reporter and was on the team that recently broke the story about Hertz Global moving its world headquarters to Estero. He is also on a team investigating the Lee school district administration.