Julie Glenn

News Director, Gulf Coast Live Host

Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.

Before joining WGCU, Julie worked in southwest Florida as a freelance food and wine writer, and as a regular wine columnist for the Naples Daily News. She began her broadcasting career in 1993 as a reporter/anchor/producer for a local CBS affiliate in Quincy, Illinois. After also working for the NBC affiliate, she decided to move to Parma, Italy where she earned her Master’s degree in communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication is from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Fluent in Italian, Julie has also worked with Italian wine companies creating and translating web content and marketing materials. Her work has been featured in international, national, and local magazines. Her interests include cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Mote Magazine from Mote Marine Laboratory boasts about Southwest Florida’s “sea-green delicacy” called sea purslane. Dr. Kevan Main, a senior scientist at the laboratory in Sarasota, developed a new “Sea Purslane Cookbook” in effort to help locals enjoy the sea-dwelling vegetable. Dr. Main also wants to encourage farmers to cultivate it. She is excited to see the exciting potential of sea purslane. Dr. Main joins us to tell us more about sea purslane, and discuss the details of her new cookbook.

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Robert Macomber, a Pine Island-based maritime author, is the mind behind the character Peter Wake, a fictional American Naval Officer. In Macomber newest novel, “Honoring the Enemy,” the reader follows Naval Officer Peter Wake’s experiences in 1898 when American sailors, Marines, and soldiers landed in eastern Cuba and fought their way to victory against daunting odds, changing the world forever.

“Honoring the Enemy” is Macomber’s 14th novel in his award-winning “Honor Series” of historical naval thrillers. He joins us in the studio today to discuss the details of his newest novel.

South Florida Water Management District

The South Florida Water Management District's new Governing Board has awarded a $524 million contract to build the Caloosahatchee (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir. The 10,500-acre reservoir will store 170,000 acre-feet of water with the aim of being able to deliver fresh water to the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary during the dry season.

David Lawrence Center

It’s been 20 years since the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. We’re joined by Austin Eubanks, who was a student at the school and was injured that day. He’s spent the past two decades becoming an expert in addiction treatment, after becoming addicted himself in the months and years after the massacre. We’re also joined by the CEO of the David Lawrence Center, who is bringing Mr. Eubanks to town for a mental health symposium on Saturday, March 23 that will explore the long-term damaging effects of trauma.

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The public is invited to talk with scientists at a series of panel discussions about how red tide has impacted biodiversity.

A group at Florida Gulf Coast University called Conserving Biodiversity has been hosting a series of conferences on various threats to Florida’s ecosystems and this next event, titled Conserving Biodiversity: Red Tide Impacts in the Gulf will focus on the biggest environmental story in Southwest Florida: red tide. Panel discussions and sessions will look at the science, policy and education around the topic.


The conference is this Thursday, March 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A group panel will talk about scientific evidence on the impacts of red tide on biodiversity. There will also be extensive Q&A with the audience as speakers anticipate continued public interest in the subject.

Representatives of the biodiversity group, gave a taste of what people can expect to hear at the conference on Gulf Coast Live! early this week.

Dr. Heather Skaza-Acosta, an FGCU assistant professor of environmental education, explained that choosing red tide as the focus of the conference was a clear choice.

“The impact has been very visible in our region, so it’s something everyone has questions about,” Dr. Skaza-Acosta said.

The group’s objective for the conference is two-fold: to get national scientists to focus on Southwest Florida and the Gulf in order to answer the public’s questions, as well as to encourage scientists to conduct research in the area.

“We need to bring them all together to really paint the whole picture of what was the real significance this red tide event was,” Dr. Darren Rumbold, an FGCU professor of marine science said.

Red tide has significant potential effects on Southwest Florida’s biodiversity.

Dr. Rumbold elaborated on hypoxic areas in the gulf, a little known side effect of Karenia Brevis, which is the harmful algal toxin that causes red tide.

A hypoxic area is created by the organic material left after a bloom dies off. That rotting organic matter sinks, and it's comprised of the biomass and dead organisms which stimulate bacterial growth. While that bacteria is decomposing the organic matter, it depletes oxygen levels, increases sulfide levels, and leaves what's commonly known as a "dead zone."

“If [organisms] haven’t died from the brevis toxin, they’ll die from sulfide poisoning,” Dr. Rumbold said.

Dr. Win Everham, an FGCU professor of environmental studies, believes that focus should be on what scientists know to be definitely true.

He says that ways to aid biodiversity include protecting green spaces and managing rainwater and nutrients.

“When we have more genetic pools, communities or ecosystems on our landscape, the end result is more stable, resistant and resilient systems which are imbedded in ecosystems and economies,” Dr. Everham said.

For more information on the “Conserving Biodiversity: Red Tide Impacts in the Gulf” conference, click here.