Julie Glenn

News Director, Gulf Coast Live Host

Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and natioanl and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.

Before joining WGCU, Julie worked in southwest Florida as a freelance food and wine writer, and as a regular wine columnist for the Naples Daily News. She began her broadcasting career in 1993 as a reporter/anchor/producer for a local CBS affiliate in Quincy, Illinois. After also working for the NBC affiliate, she decided to move to Parma, Italy where she earned her Master’s degree in communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication is from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Fluent in Italian, Julie has also worked with Italian wine companies creating and translating web content and marketing materials. Her work has been featured in international, national, and local magazines. Her interests include cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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As the red tide bloom along the southwestern coast of Florida persists -- it’s almost in its second year now -- the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering some small businesses and private nonprofit organizations located in the declared counties of Florida, which include all of the counties in our listening area, what are called Economic Injury Disaster Loans. These are the same loans offered in the wake of natural disasters, like hurricanes and floods. We’re joined by Edward Gregory Dawson, he’s Public Affair Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Ray Judah was a Lee County Commissioner from 1988 to 2012. During that time, Judah was a staunch advocate for environmental issues, including being instrumental in the creation of the county’s land preservation program, Conservation 20/20, and the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed, or CREW. Since leaving office he has continued to champion environmental issues as a citizen. He joins us today to discuss the many aspects of the water woes currently impacting southwest Florida, including the toxic blue-green algae bloom in the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary, and the ongoing red tide bloom along the coast.

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This weekend, republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis swung through southwest Florida where he met with the heads of three local universities, delegates to the state house of representatives, and FGCU water quality researchers. 

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Fred Rogers’ name has resurfaced in our culture lately, with the release of a new documentary about his life and television show, and a feature movie called You Are My Friend starring Tom Hanks due out at the end of next year. His public television show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was a cultural staple in this country for more than three decades. We’re remembering Mr. Rogers on today’s show, with the help of a Naples woman who spent a week on set with him and his crew in the early 1980s, before writing a feature story for Parents Magazine. We’ll hear her memories, and listen to some classic moments from the show.

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Diversity is what unites us all -- that’s the underlying premise of the latest book by our guest today, Dr. Andrew Solomon. He is a writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology. He is a winner of the National Book Award, and an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, and the arts. He’s been a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine; and has written for many other periodicals, and has published a number of books. His latest book is called Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity which tells the stories of families raising exceptional children who not only learn to deal with their challenges, but also find profound meaning in the process.

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