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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The opioid epidemic began making headlines years, if not decades, ago. But it’s on the rise still. The latest statistics puts the rate of fatal overdoses at one every 13 minutes in the United States, meaning, by the end of this segment, the widespread use of these drugs will have taken another life.


Smart phones have become ubiquitous since the release of the first iPhone in 2007. They connect us to the world in ways we could hardly have dreamed of just a couple decades ago. But, they are still relatively new on the tech scene, and their potential effects on us, and our brains, are not fully understood. And today’s parents now face questions like, “is there such a thing as a ‘right time’ to give a child their own smart phone,” or just “how much screen time is appropriate” for young people? We’re joined by three national experts to explore what research is telling us about these questions, and more.


Florida produces the majority of the nation's domestic winter strawberry crop, so we're marking National Strawberry Day with with Dr. Vance Whitaker, an associate professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Whitaker, who leads the UF/IFAS strawberry breeding program, will discuss the breeding program's long history, and the role strawberries play in the state’s agriculture industry.


We sit down with the Brian Colando, and Lisa Pavy Colando, the publisher and editor-in-chief of Revive, a new Naples-based magazine that covers the world of medical cannabis. The monthly publication features everything from long-form pieces on the history of cannabis and the laws that regulate it, to recipes and product reviews.

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Collier County students rallied for gun reform Friday night, just over a week after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.