Julie Glenn

News Director, Gulf Coast Live Host

Julie Glenn is the Interim 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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Demodex is the name of a microscopic mite that lives in peoples’ eyelashes, and while people often live with them without any symptoms, an infestation can cause problems. On today’s show, we talk with a local optometrist, Dr. Kelly Anderson, and certified Ophthalmic Assistant Micah Handschmann of Anderson Eye Care in Naples about Demodex, the problems they can cause, and ways to treat not only symptoms like dry eye and blepharitis, but also the mites at the root of the issue.

Julian Valdivia is a History Student at the University of Florida in Gainesville, but he’s from Fort Myers, and over the course of this summer he’s been working with the Lee County Black History Society and the Southwest Florida Historical Society to collect oral histories from community elders, mostly in the Fort Myers Dunbar community. Julian works for the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at UF...he’s using this research for his senior thesis which will be about desegregation and integration in Lee County. At the end of the summer all of his work will be available to the public at the local historical societies and at UF’s oral history archive in Gainesville. As summer begins to wind down, we thought it was time to bring Julian in and see how the process has gone.

U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce

Dunbar High School in Fort Myers is an International Baccalaureate school, meaning its IB Diploma Program is designed to meet the highest standard requirement of any high school in the world. It’s also the Premier STEM IB school for the Lee County School District’s East and South Zones. Dunbar students are able to get advanced technology certifications from companies like Microsoft and Adobe, as well as attend college preparatory biomedical and engineering programs. In short, it’s a cutting edge technology high school. But, it’s also a Title I school, which means it has a high concentration of students who come from families living at or near the poverty line. We’re joined today by Dunbar’s principal, Carl Burnside, who spoke before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce about Dunbar’s technology programs. It was the first time a Lee County School official spoke before Congress about an academic program. We’re sitting down with Principal Burnside to debrief him on his trip to D.C. and get a sense of how things are going at Dunbar High, and how things have changed over his nearly twenty years at the school.

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Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is set to expire in a year for people from. These are people who were given refuge in the United States after the devastating earthquake of 2010. They were given the right to work, their children were able to attend school, and thousands of TPS families in Florida hold mortgages on homes. The end of Temporary Protected status was set by President Donald Trump for July 22, 2019, meaning in one year, thousands of people living in Southwest Florida will have to leave. We’re spending the hour learning more about Haiti -- how it came to be, and how it is now, eight years after that earthquake. And throughout the year, we’ll talk with Haitians in our community about how they’re planning for the end of TPS, in our project called "Where is Home- Haitians Counting Down.”

Our guests are: Dr. Philippe Girard, professor of Caribbean history at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and author of “The Memoir(s) of Toussaint Louverture.” Professor Girard has studied and published extensively about the life and impact of Toussaint Louverture, who led that successful 1791 slave rebellion in what was then the French colony of Saint-Domingue; and Skyler Badenoch, CEO of Naples-based Hope for Haiti.

Parents Magazine

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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