Rachel Iacovone

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?

Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

As winds from passing Hurricane Michael pushed tides higher on Florida’s Gulf Coast, floodwaters rose in some parts of Southwest Florida.

The colorful bungalows on the edge of Sanibel Island – just before it becomes Captiva – were filling with water on Tuesday afternoon.

We're now more than halfway through Hispanic Heritage Month, which extends from September 15th through October 15th.

So, in honor of those of Hispanic heritage here in Southwest Florida, WGCU is featuring local Latinos from across the region — from all sorts of professions, genders and backgrounds. Today, you'll hear from a Lee County librarian.


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We're now more than halfway through Hispanic Heritage Month, which extends from September 15th through October 15th. So, in honor of those of Hispanic heritage here in Southwest Florida, WGCU is featuring local Latinos from across the region — from all sorts of professions, genders and backgrounds.
 
 
Today, you'll hear from the associate professor of social work at Florida Gulf Coast University.

We're now more than halfway through Hispanic Heritage Month, which extends from September 15th through October 15th. So, in honor of those of Hispanic heritage here in Southwest Florida, WGCU is featuring local Latinos from across the region — from all sorts of professions, genders and backgrounds.

Today, you'll hear the story of a woman whose childhood led her to her career in law enforcement.


We are now more than halfway through National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15.  In recognition of those of Hispanic heritage here in Southwest Florida, WGCU reporters Rachel Iacovone and Andrea Perdomo are featuring the voices and perspectives of local Latinos from across the region from all sorts of professions, genders and backgrounds.  We’ll get a sneak preview of the weeklong series, airing weekdays at 8:45 a.m. during Morning Edition and at 5:45 p.m. during All Things Considered.

We're now more than halfway through Hispanic Heritage Month, which extends from September 15th through October 15th.
 
So, in honor of those of Hispanic heritage here in Southwest Florida, WGCU is featuring local Latinos from across the region — from all sorts of professions, genders and backgrounds.
 
Today, you'll hear the story of a woman whose history led her to her career in finance with Lee County.


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On the year anniversary of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Southwest Florida, WGCU is taking a look back at the damage and at the recovery since.

WGCU’s Rachel Iacovone reports from one of the hardest hit and most overlooked areas in the region.


Diversity has been a well-advertised goal of institutions of higher education for decades. But, as a recent study from a Florida Gulf Coast University professor finds, it’s a certain kind of diversity they’re after. 

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For those opposed to affirmative action, the question of race in college applications may seem pointless — or anti-white even — but there’s evidence to show that, while institutions of higher education say they want diversity, it’s a certain kind they’re after.

Exactly a week before the peak of hurricane season – and the year anniversary of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Florida – Tropical Storm Gordon swept through Southwest Florida almost as quickly as it formed.

Less than 12 hours after the Florida primary election results were in, the general election race for governor got heated. 


In the democratic primary race for Florida's 19th congressional district, which includes coastal portions of Lee and Collier Counties stretching from Fort Myers to Marco Island, financial advisor David Holden defeated healthcare administrator Todd Truax.

A new way to mitigate the blue-green algae bloom is being tested in Southwest Florida. 

With growing concerns of Russian hacking heading into the midterms, a Democratic candidate for Congress says Russia has been keeping a close eye on his campaign. 

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