A State Divided and the Rise of Authoritarianism

The past Florida legislative session produced an extraordinary number of Bills that impact  what is taught in our schools. Curriculum, free speech, and what books are used all came under fire. In this episode, Florida Education Reform; A State Divided and the Rise of Authoritarianism.





Health & Human Services




Civil Liberties

Development & Growth


Parks & Conservation



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About Us

Suzanne Atwell Show is owned and operated by Atwell Media, a Sarasota, FL based 501c3 Nonprofit corporation. Our Mission is to educate, engage, and inform via local, in-depth interviews that help people understand the issues, news, and trends that impact Sarasota County and the Florida Gulf Coast.

Currently in our fourth season, Suzanne Atwell Show is a monthly, 30 minute, Public Affairs program that is distributed via the internet and social media. Our target audience is college-educated, registered voters in Sarasota, Florida, earning $100,000 per year.

We average 3-5 thousand video views per month with a total reach of over one million impressions since our launch in 2017.

Operating Principles

  • We believe a public that is educated and informed by truth and facts is needed for a strong Government by the People.

  • We believe local journalism fosters transparency, accountability and an open exchange of diverse opinions and ideas.

  • We use our resources to fight bigotry, racism and hate crimes by exposing violations of and threats to civil liberties and civil rights.

  • We advocate for the protection of the environment, wildlife, land trust conservancies, and investments in parks and nature sanctuaries.

  • We are committed to the promotion and support of local arts organizations and believe they enhance the quality of life in our community.

Suzanne Atwell. President, Atwell Media, Host, Suzanne Atwell Show. Suzanne has dedicated her professional life to public service and helping others. She served two terms as Mayor and held an at-large seat on the Sarasota City Commission. Formerly a licensed Mental Health Counselor, she also worked at Coastal Behavioral Health Care, and Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Sarasota. She has held numerous board and advisory board seats including Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce, the Tourist Development Council, The Healthy Start Coalition, and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. She holds a BA in Psychology from George Washington University and a MA in Clinical Psychology from Marymount University.

Robert H. Atwell. Secretary, Atwell Media. Robert has had a distinguished 40-year career in public and private higher education. His former positions include President of the American Council on Education (ACE), President of Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, and Vice Chancellor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. He is an Honorary Trustee of Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL. Robert was named one of the top leaders in American Higher Education by Change Magazine, received the King Chavez Park Initiative Award for promoting equity in higher education, and was recognized for Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. He holds 17 honorary degrees, is widely published on presidential compensation and institutional governance, and earned a BA from The College of Wooster and a MA from the University of Minnesota.

Steve Sabato. Executive Producer, Suzanne Atwell Show. Steve is the Founder and President of Sabato LLC, a concierge media development and production firm that is focused on public affairs, documentaries, and the performing arts. He writes, produces, and directs Suzanne Atwell Show. Nationally recognized as a leader in TV digital innovation and program development, he has held numerous News Director and General Manager positions with CBS, ABC, and NBC affiliates. His current and former board service includes; Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Sailing Squadron, Save our Seabirds, Midland Center for the Arts, Intermezzo Music Festival, and Connecticut Opera. He is a graduate of The London Film School.

MakSchu Productions. Design, Studio Recording and Post Production. Founded in 2016 by Ringling College of Art and Design Alumn Karim and Christina Maksoud. This Sarasota-based studio and production house is equipped with state-of-the art cameras, switcher, livestreaming equipment and green screen. In addition to Suzanne Atwell Show, they have collaborated with hundreds of local and national businesses including Sarasota Opera, Bealls Florida INC., Champs Sports, Visit Sarasota County and Visit California. MakSchu Productions has won multiple awards for their conceptual narratives and video productions.

Joseph Chapman. Treasurer, Atwell Media. Joseph is a trusted and respected Independent Certified Public Accountant with extensive experience as an advisor to businesses and individuals in Florida. His areas of expertise include; Preparation of Audited, Reviewed and Compiled financial statements, and Tax compliance for businesses and individuals. For more than 10 years he served as Treasurer for Greater Sarasota Junior Golf, and three years as Treasurer for the Gulf Coast Chapter of the US Green Building Council. He has a BA in Accounting from the University of South Florida.

The Team


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