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.


Legislation to expand workers’ compensation benefits to include post-traumatic stress disorder for firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and other first responders unanimously passed its first Senate committee in Tallahassee last week.

PTSD is currently only fully covered by workers’ comp if a mental injury is accompanied by a physical injury that requires medical treatment. Advocates say the suicide rate among first responders is higher than the rate among the general population, and that expanding workers’ comp coverage for mental health issues like PTSD would bring that number down.

Two Florida Gulf Coast University professors have just returned from their 10-month leave on a Fulbright Scholar Grant.

High tourist season begins right after the Christmas holidays and that means most of the new restaurants trying to capture that market are open, existing restaurants have updated their menus, and most revisions to local wine lists have been made.

Today on the show we’ll talk with two local food and wine writers about what’s on trend this year in food and drink. Dorothea Hunter Sonne covers food and wine for the Gulfshore Life Magazine.  She’ll be joined by Gina Birch who writes the wine column “Gina Drinks” for the Fort Myers News Press.  She also writes for Grandeur Magazine and is the Birch behind the “Birch Beat” food blog.

U.S. Archives

Thursday marks the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which killed 2,403 active duty members of the U.S. military and injured another 1,178.


From the late 1970s to the early 1990s Cape Coral Hospital was known across Southwest Florida for its excellent care. But, it hit a rough patch of corruption and financial struggles in the mid 90s that culminated in an FBI investigation. Lee Memorial Health System bought the community hospital in 1996, and in the intervening years it's been transformed into an award-winning model of healthcare and business excellence. But, that didn’t happen on accident. We'll meet the authors of the new book, “Mindful Healthcare”, to learn more about the mindful process behind that transformation.