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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Gulf Coast Live is on location today at JetBlue Park, the home of spring training for the Boston Red Sox, taking look at the players on the field and the off-field efforts that make spring training tick in Southwest Florida.

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Telling stories may be one of humanity's oldest traditions, and the proliferation of storytelling projects like Snap Judgment and The Moth are bringing personal stories to mass audiences in ways traditional media never have.

This weekend, Storytellers Creative Arts in Naples is focusing a storytelling workshop on the Naples community with its HeART of Storytelling Conference beginning on Friday. Organizers say the conference is focused on "capturing, creating,  and communicating" the stories of organizations, families and individuals.

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Pet owners are increasingly signing up to have their animals certified as “comfort” "therapy" or "emotional support" animals. The certification can be helpful for some conditions, like post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety, but significant differences separate comfort dogs from medical assistance dogs, including training, certification, and where they are legally allowed to go under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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A Southwest Florida group focused on spreading agricultural awareness and education around the globe is building a "global garden" test bed as part of its efforts to end world hunger.

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The prevalence of autism in the United States is today estimated by the CDC to be about one in every 68 births. The Autism Society notes mores than 3.5 million Americans live with a disorder on the autism spectrum.