Florida’s Fourth Estate: Hosts show off their knowledge of Sunshine State trivia

See how much you really know about the state you call home

News 6 floor director and Florida trivia guru Steve Griffiths tests Florida's Fourth Estate hosts Matt Austin and Ginger Gadsden on how well they know their state.

There’s more to the Sunshine State than Florida Man, gators and manatees.

How well do you know the state you call home?

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With nearly a thousand people moving to Florida every day there are bound to be some gaps in state knowledge.

  • When did Florida become a state?
  • What’s the population of the Sunshine State?
  • Do you know the official state bird?

If you answered all 3 of those questions correctly then chances are you have generations of Florida blood running through your veins.

In case you are wondering, Florida became the 27th state on March 3, 1845. This year Florida is expected to have 22 million residents making it the 3rd most populous state in the country.

The official state bird is the Northern mockingbird. Be honest, didn’t you think the answer was flamingo?

This week on Florida’s Fourth Estate anchors Matt Austin and Ginger Gadsden are putting you and themselves to the test.

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They want to know what you know about the state so many people love to berate.

For this special edition, Matt and Ginger tapped a local trivia guru. If you’ve lived in Central Florida long enough and love trivia night, then you have probably run into Steve Griffiths as a host or a competitor. Steve is also a longtime member of the production team at WKMG-TV. He works alongside Matt and Ginger during the evening newscast and is affectionately known as the studio-wise guy. At least that’s what they are allowed to call him before human resources have to get involved.

His deadpan delivery as a trivia host makes him the perfect man for the job. Steve writes his own questions so he has asked we not dispute his trivia authority.

Challenge accepted.

About the Author:

Ginger Gadsden joined the News 6 team in June 2014 as an anchor/reporter. She currently co-anchors the 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m. and the 7 p.m. newscasts.