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Dannielle Garcia

Professional Experience

June 2019 to present: Reporter, WINK News. Previously worked at KATC-TV in Lafayette, LA as my first job out of college.

While in school, I interned at Telemundo Network in Miami, ESPN in Connecticut and WDSU in New Orleans

Awards & Recognition

Won several awards while in college for my reporting from Society of Professional Journalists, AP, La Press Association and Radio Television Digital News Association.

Also won best News Story of the Year from the Catholic Press Association.

News Philosophy

Communication is key, tell the truth, be kind and be fair – always.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Anything and everything animals (I have a sweet chocolate lab that I adopted while out on a story in Louisiana).

I also love to travel to new places, meet new people and make new connections.

Education

Bachelors in Mass Communication with a focus on journalism and a minor in Business Administration from Loyola University New Orleans.

Studied abroad for a semester at Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

The sun, the beach and best of all, being close to family.

Hometown

Miami, FL

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Vaccine side effects not signs of contagion

Some people experiencing short-lived symptoms from the COVID-19 vaccine—fever, chills, nausea, headache—have wondered if the shot has left them contagious. The answer is: no,...
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SWFL construction faces further delays due to material shortage

New home builds are facing another round of major delays, but not because of the pandemic; U.S. factories that make things like PVC pipe,...
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Children’s Advocacy Center honors fallen Naples officer, child abuse victims

The Children's Advocacy Center of Collier County is planting a pinwheel garden to remember a Naples police officer who died in a car crash. Sgt....
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Travel industry reviving in Southwest Florida

As more and more of us get vaccinated, people want to travel. But if you are set on taking a trip, the days of...
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Cape Coral City Council to discuss Waste Pro woes at Wednesday meeting

Wednesday's Cape Coral City Council meeting will seek to address residents' frustration with Waste Pro and with uncollected garbage filling up the streets. But...
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Patients, doctors speak about effects of proposed THC cap for medical marijuana

How high is too high? A North Fort Myers representative is proposing a cap on how much THC can be prescribed to patients. Now...
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Fort Myers City Council to discuss spending of $2.8M in stimulus

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc not just on personal finances, but on local cities. Fort Myers city leaders are now focusing on how they can...
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Fort Myers’ ongoing search for new city manager

Fort Myers is still looking for someone to replace its current city manager, Saeed Kazemi, who submitted his letter of retirement in November at...
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Science behind SWFL shark surge

There have been a lot of shark sightings—and three bites—in South Florida recently. The Ocearch Shark Tracker lets you follow the movements of tagged...
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SWFL residents on dangers of distracted driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and distracted driving is a problem Lee County residents are all too familiar with: In 2020, there were...

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