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.

Bitcoinwiki

By now you’ve probably heard of Bitcoin. It’s a global cryptocurrency and digital payment system. It’s considered the world’s first decentralized digital currency, because the system works without a central repository or single administrator. It operates as a peer-to-peer system, with transactions happening directly between users, with all transactions being recorded in a public distributed ledger called a blockchain. And, while it's not entirely clear who exactly invented it, hundreds of thousands of merchants and vendors around the world accept bitcoin as payment. So what on earth does all of that mean? We’re joined by a man who’s been investing in Bitcoin for about 4 years to try to demystify this cutting edge, yet difficult to understand digital currency.

Rachel Iacovone / WGCU

There are some world-renowned cancer research facilities in the state of Florida — the Moffitt Center and the Mayo Clinic to name a couple — but until now, Southwest Florida went without such a program.

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Candice Villarreal / U.S. Navy

The Trump Administration announced its decision Monday night to end Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for the nearly 50 thousand Haitian nationals who have been living in the U.S. since the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 200 thousand people.

Rachel Iacovone / WGCU

A group of Lee County residents met in downtown Fort Myers Tuesday night to stage a mock oil rig spill to draw attention to the risks of fracking and promote the proposed bipartisan legislation that would ban the practice in Florida.


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People impacted by Hurricane Irma have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24 to register for assistance from FEMA and/or submit an application for a Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan. We’re joined by representatives from both agencies to answer your questions about applying for disaster-related assistance.

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