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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A new University of Florida study suggests that there could be even more felled trees the next time a hurricane makes landfall in the state — not because of the rise of super storms or stronger wind conditions but because of termites.

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Rainy season is arriving, and the 2018 hurricane season is right around the corner. Anyone who dealt with Hurricane Irma last year may be looking at some ominous trees as this year's season gets ramped up. So, we're sitting down with Ian Orlikoff, he’s an Arborist, and the owner of Signature Tree Care in Naples to find out what folks should be thinking about to prepare their properties for hurricane season.

 

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While most people are familiar with the 13 British Colonies that unified to form the United States, what’s often not known is the role Florida, or the 14th Colony, played in the Revolutionary War. We’re joined by Dr. Roger Smith, he's author of the book The 14th Colony, The American Revolution’s Best Kept Secret to get a history lesson.

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It's National Nurses Week. A Gallup poll recently ranked nursing the most trusted profession for the 16th consecutive year. Yet, there aren’t enough nurses to go around. 

Coral reefs around the world have taken big hits over the past decade as ocean temperatures rise. During a recent 3-year global event, roughly half of the corals in the Great Barrier Reef succumbed to what’s called coral bleaching. And here in Florida, corals are facing a rapidly spreading disease called White Plague which has decimated many coral species off the Southeast Florida coast. Today we’ll talk with Dr. William Precht, who has studied the disease to learn more.

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