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.


We’re joined by author Robert Wheeler to discuss his book, Hemingway’s Havana: A Reflection of the Writer’s Life in Cuba. The book captures the essence of Ernest Hemingway’s time in Cuba through beautiful and vibrant photographs and prose. It tells the story of why Hemingway felt most at home in Cuba, and illustrates the beauty of the people and the island-setting that most inspired him.


We’re joined by Kurt Goerke, Director of Health Promotions with the American Lung Association in Florida, to discuss Proposal 94 being considered by the state’s Constitutional Revision Commission that would redirect money from a landmark tobacco settlement from Tobacco Free Florida to cancer research.

Gulfshore Life Magazine

It’s become increasingly apparent in recent years that talking to people with whom we disagree, either politically or socially, has become practically impossible. We’ve partnered up with Gulfshore Life Magazine to try to tackle the issue. We’re joined by Jennifer Reed, she wrote this month’s cover story called “Talk to me … Please?” to find out what she learned from the many Southwest Floridians who she met while writing the article. We're also joined by Dr. Cindy Banyai, she’s a researcher and community development expert who conducted a series of structured conversations with folks from different backgrounds for the article.

 Plus, we’ll meet Christopher Phillips...he’s author of a number of books, including Socrates Cafe and Constitution Cafe...he’ll be in town next week moderating an event here at WGCU called 'Civil Discourse in a Polarized Society'...which will explore ways to talk about difficult issues across political and social divides. The event is full, but click HERE to add your name to a waiting list.

Florida Dental Association Foundation

The Florida Dental Association Foundation will host its fourth Florida Mission of Mercy event on March 9-10 at the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers. During the event dentists will provide an estimated 2,000 people with relief from the pain and infection of untreated dental disease — all at no cost to the patients.

Dental care will be delivered on a first-come, first-served basis from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with no pre-registration necessary. Services provided will include cleanings, fillings, extractions, pediatric dentistry and limited root canal therapy. We're joined by Dr. Phillip Kraver, one of the dentists providing care at this weekend's events, to learn more.

Fort Myers Police Department

It’s been about a year since we last sat down to talk with Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs. He's he’s been on the job since August of 2016, having taken the helm of a police department with more than a hundred cold case homicides, a lack of trust from some parts of the community it was trying to protect, and internal issues that were later parsed out in a third party audit- which was made public upon its completion a year ago. We sit down with Chief Diggs to get an update on progress he's made so far, including the recent arrest in the downtown Fort Myers Zombicon shooting that happened in 2015.