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Upcoming Florida Public Media Project Explores the Pandemic's Impact On Education

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The coronavirus pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of life for nearly everyone, but it’s been especially difficult for those who were already at a disadvantage. We get a preview of a new statewide Florida Public Media effort called 'Class of COVID-19,' A Look At The Pandemic's Impact On Education which launches next Monday, Feb. 8 with an hourlong radio special that will air at 1:00 and 9:00 p.m. on WGCU.

In it, public media journalists from around Florida explore the high costs of the pandemic for students who already faced obstacles to success in school before COVID-19 upended public education. We talk with the project’s editor, Jessica Bakeman, education reporter at WLRN in Miami.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.
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.