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.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Lionfish were first reported off Florida’s Atlantic Coast back in 1985. And since the mid 2000s, the number being reported has increased rapidly, and they're now being spotted all the way to the northern Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola. Lionfish are an invasive species that has a potential negative impact on native species and habitat. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has been encouraging people to remove as many lionfish from Florida waters as possible to help limit those negative impacts.

Florida Gulf Coast University

Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced the formation of a Blue-Green Algae Task Force that’s charged with reducing adverse impacts of the toxic algae blooms over the next five years. The task force is comprised of five researchers: Dr. Wendy Graham from the University of Florida, Dr. Evelyn Gaiser from Florida International University, Dr. James Sullivan from Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Valerie Paul from the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, and Florida Gulf Coast University Professor of Marine Science, Dr. Mike Parsons, who joins us to give us sense of what the task force will be doing in the coming years.

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The Florida Legislature passed a bill during the 2019 session that will create an industrial hemp industry in the state. This follows changes in federal law that legalized hemp as an agricultural product, which can be used to create a variety of products, and that some see as a possible new cash crop for Florida farmers to grow.

Signature Tree Care

After Hurricane Irma swept through Southwest Florida during the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the devastation it left in its wake was a wake up call to many residents, who might have become complacent during the relative calm of the previous decade or so. But, with Irma still fresh in many people's minds, we're reminding people that being prepared includes more than just having water and food stored away. We’re now going to broaden our discussion to see what people should be doing with their yards, and the plants, and trees, they contain. We're joined in studio by Ian Orlikoff, he is an arborist, and owner of Signature Tree Care in Naples.


With the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season fast approaching it’s time for people to start preparing. While we had a mild season here in southwest Florida last year, the year before Hurricane Irma reminded southwest Floridians the need to properly prepare is very real. We're joined in studio by Jeff Huffman, Director of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network.