Julie Glenn is WGCU's 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, regional and national competitions. After leading the station's National Edward R. Murrow award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director and became News Director shortly thereafter. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast, Grape Minds, and in March organized the community forum and media partnership, “Civil Discourse in a Polarized Society.“
Before joining WGCU, Julie worked in southwest Florida as a freelance 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 a 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.