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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A new Florida beer launched last Friday, but the brew is not only for beer lovers. It’s also for butterflies.

Bartram’s Blonde Beer gets its name from the Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak Butterfly, which is a federally endangered species. Under the Endangered Species Act of 1972, to get that severe of a marker, a species has to be at risk of complete extinction.


The unique method of environmentalism via brewing was made possible through a partnership between Gainesville-based First Magnitude Brewing Company and the Florida Museum of Natural History at University of Florida.

Both John Denny, the founder and head brewer at First Magnitude, and Dr. Jaret Daniels, the program director at the natural history museum’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, join Gulf Coast Live to share the tale of how beer first met butterfly.


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After about 30 years, researchers compiled evidence showing that Manatee Mineral Springs Park in the City of Bradenton was home to escaped slaves. The community was thought to be called Angola. 

Former slaves fled the United States to Florida because it was a safer Spanish territory at the time. Researchers say they came to the Bradenton park because of a small spring that flows just a block from the Manatee River. Now, the National Park Service has reached out, asking the park to apply for official designation of being part of the Underground Railroad Network

Daphney Towns lives in Bradenton, but she’s from the Bahamas. She became interested in the park’s history about a year ago, and is now planning a festival in the summer called “Back to Angola.” 

“We're gonna be bringing a delegation from 40-to-50 persons from the Bahamas," she says. "A lot of them are coming from Red Bays, which are actually descendants of the Seminole Indians. And they're going to be bringing some of their wood carving, their basket weaving, a lot of cultural food, costumes and a small parade where they will be depicting some of the ancestors.”

The “Back to Angola Festival” runs from July 13th through the 15th.

WGCU's Jessica Meszaros speaks with experts about the historical significance of this park.

We’re taking the show on the road to Punta Gorda in Charlotte County in order to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We’re at the The Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture of Charlotte County, which is a site along the Florida Black Heritage Trail

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Perhaps the most vulnerable victims of the opioid crisis are babies born addicted. Known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, babies born to mothers who’ve taken opioids during pregnancy themselves must endure the painful symptoms of withdrawal during their first days of life.

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The rise in opioid-related deaths in recent years has prompted Gov. Rick Scott and President Donald Trump to declare state and national emergencies.