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.

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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. 

The Lee County School District announced Tuesday that it reached a settlement agreement with the Lee County NAACP, following the civil rights complaint the organization filed against the district last year. 

Marine life has all been wiped out in the waters surrounding Gasparilla Island. 

The inlet straddles Charlotte and Lee counties, but the residential part — including Boca Grande — falls entirely under Lee, which has hauled more than 2.8 million pounds of dead fish from its beaches and waterways in the first two weeks of August alone.

A fatal shooting in Clearwater last month revived the debate over Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law after Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri cited the law as his reason for not charging the shooter, 48-year-old Michael Drejka.

Drejka, who is white, shot an unarmed black man, 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton, in a confrontation over a disabled parking spot.

The two GOP candidates in the gubernatorial race faced off in their second – and final – debate Wednesday before the Republican primary on August 28th.

The two GOP candidates running for governor faced off in their second – and final – debate Wednesday before the Republican primary.

A group of high schoolers in Collier County held a die-in Monday in memory of those killed in the Santa Fe school shooting which happened in May, three months after the school massacre in Parkland. 

Southwest Florida has been feeling the effects of water releases from Lake Okeechobee for weeks now – most obviously in Cape Coral where the canal-based grid system of the city means many of its residents have backyards that dip down into the water, which is now filled with toxic blue-green algae.