Julie Glenn

Julie Glenn is the host of Gulf Coast Live. She has been working in southwest Florida as a freelance writer since 2007, most recently as a regular 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. She has served as president of the local chapter of Slow Food where she remains on the board. Her interests include cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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As tax documents start showing up in mailboxes across southwest Florida we thought it was time to bring in a couple of experts to help listeners out. We’re joined by Kim Swanson, she’s a Crime Prevention Practitioner with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, to discuss the kinds of tax frauds and scams that are out there these days. She’ll guide us through what to watch out for, and best ways to protect our identities during tax season. We’re also joined by Patrice Cunningham, she’s United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Manager. She’ll help us break down the local resources available to help low-income individuals and families prepare their taxes for free.

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This is turning out to be one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory, and the incidences of flu continue to rise in southwest Florida. We’re joined by Dr. Mary Beth Saunders, she’s Lee Health System’s Medical Director for Epidemiology and Infection Prevention. We’ll get an update on the current numbers, as well as ways folks can protect themselves from the influenza virus. And we’ll explore best practices for caring for a loved one who has come down with the flu.


A University of Florida researcher has found three species of mosquitoes feeding on Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades. Lawrence Reeves, a post-doctoral researcher at the UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Lab in Vero Beach, says he and his team have recovered python DNA from the blood meals of those mosquitoes, and that it may be possible to detect the presence of the snakes using the technique. We'll learn more about his research and plans going forward.

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We’re going to learn more about a new and innovative way to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and spirit among college students. We’ll meet two women behind the new Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community that’s starting at Florida Gulf Coast University this fall. We’re joined by Dr. Sandra Kauanui, Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Professor of Management at Florida Gulf Coast University, and Annie Stout, who teaches management at FGCU.

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There are currently more than 40 million people in the United States over the age of 65, and that number is expected to more than double in the next 20 years. We’re joined by Dr. Ron Garry, Board Certified Gerontologist, and Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, president and CEO of the Naples Senior Center at JFCS to discuss the growing needs of senior citizens in Southwest Florida.