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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May is National Foster Care Month, so we're listening back to a conversation we had earlier this year with the owners of a restaurant along U.S. 41 in South Fort Myers that’s hard to miss. It’s painted bright green and called FK Your Diet. The "FK" stands for "foster kids," and it’s run by a Doug Miller, who was raised in foster homes, and his wife, Amy Eldridge. They serve up dishes, mostly comfort foods, Miller learned to cook while staying in more than a dozen homes and in portion sizes that anyone who’s experienced food scarcity would appreciate.

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U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney announced late last month he’ll hold a roundtable discussion next week at the Emergent Technologies Institute at FGCU.

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After years of searching for what was rumored to be a giant salamander living in the swamps of the Florida panhandle and southern Alabama, a team of researchers have found it, and recently published a paper describing for the first time this entirely new species they named the reticulated siren. This giant new salamander species, which can grow up to 2 feet long, is one of the largest new species to be described in the U.S. in more than a century.

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Dr. David Thomas held many roles over the course of his 20 years in law enforcement. He was a patrol officer, detective, he served in the Street Crimes division, SWAT, Hostage Negotiations, Community Policing, and he trained other officers in many of these roles.

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Advances in technology, and miniaturization, have led to great leaps forward when it comes to drones in recent years -- think things like quadcopters that people fly, sometimes using their phones as the interface, even being able to see in real time what the drone is seeing. Now, the Lee Virtual School’s Drone and Engineering Club is getting in on the action with its inaugural Micro Madness Drone race, which is Monday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m. at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. It’s open to drone pilots of all skill levels, whether they have their own drone or not. We’re joined by the Lee Virtual School’s principal, Al Shilling, to learn more.

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