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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A 70-page audit of the Fort Myers Police Department details a department in crisis.

The audit, prepared by the independent Freeh Group International Solutions, describes a department crippled by a loss of personnel in the last decade, and an understaffed police force that failed to develop "creative solutions to address emerging threats" like growing gang violence. In addition, the audit found allegations of favoritism and retaliation from within the department, leading to declining morale and a lack of qualified leadership.

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Residents of a North Naples neighborhood keep seeing a young white-tailed deer snuggled into their lawns, but wildlife officials say don’t worry, she hasn’t been abandoned.

It’s a common theme this time of year as deer and other small mammals are nesting and breeding. Human beings see absentee parenting among wildlife and start to get worried that the babies in the nest have been abandoned.

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When a teenager harms himself or herself intentionally, it can leave a parent bewildered- sending them on a determined trajectory to find out why. There are more and more cases of teen self-harm coming to light with some studies showing as many as three million Americans engaging in some form of self-injury including cutting, burning or striking themselves to the point of soft tissue damage.

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One in five young people suffers from a mental illness, struggling daily from anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, or any number of other disorders. According to Golisano Children's Hospital, among the 230,000 children under the age of 18 living in Southwest Florida, roughly 46,000 have a mental disorder.

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Bird watchers across the country call it the "big year," an informal competition amongst birders to see who can spot the largest number of different birds species in a give year.

One Naples bird watcher hopes 2017 will be her "big year," with a goal of seeing more than 700 species of birds by the end of the year.

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