For more than a decade, Julie Gargotta has worked to tell stories that make a difference, shed light on issues, and add context to the conversation.
Julie joined Spectrum News 13 in December 2014 and has reported on a multitude of topics, from technology and business, to politics and development. She’s followed residents in east Orange County as they pushed for clean, affordable water in their neighborhood; she's also sought to balance the stories of people who championed developments and those who opposed them. Julie has reported extensively on the University of Central Florida’s PTSD clinic, called UCF Restores, as it struggled for funding to stay open and eventually gained the support of lawmakers to expand.
Julie has also spent time covering Orlando's developing technology sector, highlighting innovative companies and ideas, and has traveled to cover big events, from the one-year commemoration of Category 5 Hurricane Michael in the Panhandle to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
Amid the pandemic, Julie focused her reporting on Central Florida businesses which were adapting and worked with the Orlando Economic Partnership on a series revolving around industries bouncing back. She also dug into topics of inequity and injustice for the station's Justice for All series.
One of Julie's proudest accomplishments is researching, writing and narrating the award-winning Spectrum News Street Level documentary series, alongside talented journalists from her own TV station and partner NY1 in New York City. Each mini documentary revolved around a street -- from A1A in Brevard County to Division Avenue in downtown Orlando -- with an indelible tie to history.
Over the years, Julie has worked in various roles for the news station, from Multi-media Journalist and fill-in Traffic Anchor, to Reporter and Weekend Anchor. Most recently, Julie was promoted to the role of Morning Anchor and looks forward to joining an enthusiastic, seasoned team.
What inspires Julie most is connecting with others, sharing their personal stories, and crafting quality journalism. She is an Emmy-nominated, Associated Press (now, FABJ) award-winning Anchor who relishes in making complex (or even mundane!) issues digestible for viewers, so that they may see the impact to their daily lives.
Julie is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She earned her undergraduate in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish, and finished top of her Master of Journalism class at her alma mater as well. She was the captain of the Diamond Gems dance team, a member of Delta Zeta sorority and volunteered for Temple Update cable show for four years.
Born in Sicily, Italy to professor parents, Julie speaks conversational Italian and Spanish; She loves traveling and learning about cultures different to her own. Yet, despite an itch to see the world, Julie and her family -- husband, daughter and two dogs -- love life in Central Florida.