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.

Myra Roberts “Dream Peace” Exhibition

Jan 18, 2018
Myra Roberts

Acclaimed Sanibel Island artist, social activist and WGCU Maker, Myra Roberts, joins us as we explore works in her newest exhibition, “Dream Peace,” which runs Feb. 2-24 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers.  This eclectic exhibit features works about social injustice and the current political atmosphere as well as that of the World War II era, including portraits and sculptures of Holocaust survivors. It will also include testimonial interviews from those who lived through the Holocaust presented in multimedia works Roberts describes as “talking suitcases.”

Union of Concerned Scientists

Global sea levels have risen about eight inches since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Scientific projections show that global sea levels will continue to rise over the course of this century, and while the models vary, even low estimates will in many ways transform our coastlines. We’re joined by two scientists with The Union of Concerned Scientists who are in town to present their new report called When Rising Seas Hit Home: Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of US Coastal Communities to discuss the implications of sea level rise to communities here in Southwest Florida.


According to futurist David Houle the world as we know it will be transformed beyond recognition over the decades ahead. He'll present a series of talks at the Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy, where he's the college’s “Futurist in Residence.” Houle is author of “Entering the Shift Age” which explores the many ways change has become a constant, and increasing factor in our lives and culture. We'll sit down with him to explore his work, and get a preview of his upcoming presentations, the first of which is on Monday, January 22. It's titled "2000-2018: The Trends, Forces, and Technologies That Have Changed Humanity This Century.”

Jimmy Patronis's Twitter Account

We’re joined by Florida’s CFO Jimmy Patronis to explore what recourse you have if your insurance company still hasn’t covered your hurricane-related claims. He’s head of the Florida Division of Consumer Services, whose insurance specialists are standing by 24 hours a day to field consumer complaints. Once a complaint has been filed, insurance companies, by statute, have just 20 days to respond to the Department. You can find out what your rights are as a residential property policyholder in the Homeowner Claims Bill of Rights.

And, we’ll chat with someone from the Better Business Bureau about what you can do if a contractor has left you and your hurricane damage in the lurch.


In case you hadn't noticed craft beer has kind of taken over the world in recent years. Small breweries are popping up in communities all across the country, and home brewing has practically gone mainstream. We're joined by the owner of Eight Foot Brewing in Fort Myers. He's going to be teaching a class on brewing and appreciating beer at the Alliance for the Arts. We're also joined by the owner of BrewStory in Estero, where you can buy all of your beer brewing supplies. And we'll meet a local man who has been brewing his own beer at home for about four years.