Dayna Harpster, APR

WRITER, EDITOR, PR PROFESSIONAL

United States

Communications Specialist, WGCU Public Media, the PBS/NPR affiliate in Southwest Florida.

Adjunct professor in Journalism at Florida Gulf Coast University. News Editing, News Literacy, Grammar

Former Editor of Expressions magazine for WGCU Public Media (until magazine sunset).

Freelance writer specializing in travel and personality profiles; public relations professional.

Journalist with weekly and daily newspaper experience including at the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, and most recently The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla.

Mental health advocate, speaker and writer. Essayist.

Portfolio
Spotlight News Magazine -
11/25/2020
Let your inner lumberjack come out - Spotlight News Magazine

The age-old expression "bury the hatchet" has always meant to end a quarrel or make peace with an enemy. Bury the hatchet (or small axe) has now taken on new meaning as axe-throwing venues open in Southwest Florida. Its beginnings as a recreational activity had a humorous start.

Gulfshore Business
12/17/2018
Driven by Nature - Gulfshore Business

Most people are taughtto look at an issue from all sides. It's clear that in her career choices, Jennifer Hecker took that to heart. Now executive director of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Hecker has been involved in the environmental field from all angles.

Gulfshore Life magazine
Profile: Scott Fischer's Wild Ride

Lucia Sherman didn't know Harley-Davidson from Hot Wheels when she answered an ad for a job as executive assistant to Scott Fischer seven years ago. But she knew he was CEO of Scott Fischer Enterprises and that's why she showed up shaken, despite being dressed in a "red power suit."

WGCU Public Media
01/04/2023
'Heroes' inspired local filmmaker Andre Degas

Andre Fuad Degas, a noted playwright and director who has worked with PBS, HBO and CBS News, had known his Bonita Springs neighbors - Navy Veteran Robert Vandegrift and his wife, Anita - for a decade before the pandemic struck. The disease changed social circles everywhere, including the community of Spanish Wells.

Spotlight News Magazine -
04/13/2022
Love of robotics brought together an award-winning local team - Spotlight News Magazine

They come from different schools and different neighborhoods, and for the most part, have different friends. But the industrial-strength glue that binds a team of local high school students is a love of robotics. They are the team called Java the Hutts: Dhruva Sharma, Cayden Keene and Kyle Keene of Fort Myers High School, Robbie Stewart and Quin Konicek of [...]

Gulfshore Business
10/23/2018
Age Has its Perks - Gulfshore Business

Is 70 the new 50? Certainly not, concludes septuagenarian Michael V. Martin, in his second year as Florida Gulf Coast University president. And that's a good thing.

Emailed to about 200 subscribers to Progressive Women of SWFL
05/31/2019
Summer Meetup Flyer

Marketing flyer for Summer Meetup for Progressive Women

Emailed to about 200 subscribers to Progressive Women of SWFL
07/25/2019
Toast to Tenacity

Marketing flyer for Toast to Tenacity celebration of women's suffrage

Gulfshore Life magazine
Mark Loren: Master Jeweler

One of Mark Loren's numerous donations to local charity events has been "A Day with the Jeweler" in the workroom of his Fort Myers gallery. Winning bidders later enter a cathedral of quirk that must surprise them, not to mention the jewelry art lions whose accolades have made him an industry celebrity.

Gulfshore Business
Behind The Big Change In Cancer Care

To cancer patients, "metastasis" is a very bad word. To cancer businesses, metastasis is essential to survival. Mounting costs of practice and uneven insurance reimbursement rates mean that small cancer practices have had to grow and spread with the aggressiveness of the errant cells they treat-or, conversely, risk obliteration.

Gulf & Main magazine
07/01/2015
Health Care's Future

As medicine and its demands on professionals change, Florida SouthWestern State College is positioning itself as a leader in health careers.

Naples Daily News
07/05/2015
Women in Recovery

"Street Chicks" reach out with mentoring, TV program, books and more to keep kids safe.

Gulfshore Life magazine
06/01/2015
Old Bonita's New Vibe

Cottage industry: Millennials stage music on Florida porch

RSW Living magazine
07/01/2015
Staying in shape

Column: Trying out OrangeTheory Fitness

The Naples Daily News
11/07/2014
Going Nuts

Cape Coral Coconut Festival features music and more

Naples Daily News
10/12/2014
Paintball and Prayer

War games in the woods are Christian outreach to teens

The Naples Daily News
11/08/2014
A Walk in the Park

Young filmmakers win top prize at inaugural Bonita Springs festival

Essays