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 group of 14 Florida Gulf Coast University students attended the presidential inauguration today in Washington D.C. thanks to the Brunson Foundation and State Representative Byron Donalds of Naples.

Students from Florida Southwestern University and Ave Maria University were also there. Some of the FGCU students are members of Student Government. Ashley Sambrun, the Chief Justice of FGCU’s Student Government said she appreciated the opportunity to see the federal government up close.

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Activist organizations rallied at the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in downtown Naples Monday to protest president-elect Donald Trump's proposed healthcare replacement.

The group calls itself the Southwest Florida Resistance Coalition, and though it's less than two weeks old, it already represents nearly a dozen local social and environmental justice organizations.

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Miami joined the growing list of cities to host Anti-Trump protests Friday night, following president-elect Donald Trump’s victory last Tuesday.  Miami Police said there were more than 2000 people involved.  

That crowd included FAU student Caitlyn Rittenhouse, who said she has concerns about a Trump presidency as a member of the LGBT community.

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“You guys are a checkmate state,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told the crowd of several hundred at the Lee Campus of Florida SouthWestern State College Saturday afternoon.

 

The vice presidential candidate’s visit to Fort Myers came at the tail end of his nine-day-long Florida tour for Sec. Hillary Clinton’s campaign and follows former president Bill Clinton’s stop in adjacent Immokalee the week prior. Clinton spent her Saturday campaigning across the state in Pembroke Pines.

 

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