Rachel Iacovone

Gulf Coast Live Associate Producer, Reporter

Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and associate producer of Gulf Coast Live for WGCU News. Rachel came to WGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.

Rachel was first contacted by WGCU when she was managing editor of FGCU's student-run media group, Eagle News. She helped take Eagle News from a weekly newspaper to a daily online publication with TV and radio branches within two years, winning the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best Use of Multimedia in a cross-platform series she led for National Coming Out Day. She also won the Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing for her five-month coverage of an FGCU student's transition from male to female.

As a WGCU reporter, she produced the first radio story in WGCU's Curious Gulf Coast project, which answered the question: Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?

During Hurricane Irma, Rachel was live on air as the sun shone through the eye of the storm, as it passed over the Collier County Emergency Operations Center where she was stationed.

Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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While the obvious impacts from Hurricane Irma are becoming fewer and further between, thousands of southwest Floridians whose homes were flooded continue dealing with the lingering effects of mold. We’ll talk with a doctor, a mold remediation expert, and a professional home watcher about mold, from the health risks and how to alleviate them to ways to prevent mold from showing up in the first place.

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The Trump Administration is considering ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for tens of thousands of Haitians, Salvadorans and Hondurans. But, a bipartisan bill has been proposed in Congress that would give certainty to those covered by the program whose futures are currently up in the air. We’re joined by an immigration attorney to learn more about the program and the proposed legislation.

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November 23rd is National Espresso Day. Espresso is a main ingredient in your morning latte, or if you’re feeling adventurous, your solo or doppio--to get that caffeine straight into the bloodstream.

Espresso is known as the more potent, caffeine-laden variety of coffee, but it all comes down to the difference in brewing methods -- and, of course, the beans themselves.

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The LaBelle Silver Spurs 4-H Club took on a daunting task this summer — to train wild horses to become adoptable within 100 days. Hurricane Irma pushed back the club’s auction, though, for two extra months, and the mustangs are, now, hardly recognizable.

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The number of opioid-related deaths in Florida increased 35 percent in 2016 according to a report released last week by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  The report, based on data collected from medical examiners across the state, finds that overdose deaths caused by the power synthetic opioid fentanyl shot up 97 percent last year and that the presence of fentanyl in overdose victims increased 80 percent. We talk with Lee Health Emergency Department physician Dr. Aaron Wohl, Director of Residential Programs at SalusCare Steven Hill, and Chief Medical Examiner for Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit Dr. Russell Vega.

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