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 we send our kids back to school, we take a look back at an interesting study that calculates the costs of getting three- and four-year old students prepared for kindergarten across Southwest Florida. The price tag is about $12,000 per student for an ideal combination of small classes, experienced head teachers, and materials. But the study finds a roughly $8,000 gap between what's needed and what federal and state funds provide.

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More people are touched by sinkholes in Florida than everywhere else in the world. Professor and scientist Dr. Robert Brinkman writes in his new book “Florida Sinkholes: Science and Policy” that at least one sinkhole forms somewhere in the state doing some type of property damage every week although most form between March and May. 

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Rip currents seem to be making headlines frequently this summer; from the viral eighty-person human chain in Florida’s panhandle which saved a family of ten in the gulf, to the tragic story just this week of a grandfather and son in law who drowned in Texas.

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Who knew planning your personal or business finances could be so treacherous? Apparently, there are Seven Deadly Sins of finance and this weekend the Above Board Chamber of Commerce is putting on a panel presentation to make sure you don’t commit any of them.

The first in his family to graduate college, Mike Martin worked in higher education his entire career, watching as its role in society evolves, all the while rising through the ranks to lead schools large and small. Now he is president of FGCU in Southwest Florida, a school that saw booming growth recently, and is now on a steadier path to increase in size and graduation rates.

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