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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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Lee County NAACP working to improve relationships with law enforcement

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Republican Party of Lee County demands commission candidate leave race, party after racist remarks

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Lee County sees rise in percentage positive for COVID-19, raises reopening questions

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Families with children in free and reduced-price lunch program to receive EBT benefit

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Lee County NAACP discusses public safety with local law enforcement leaders

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Warrant, bodycam video show why FMPD officer didn’t report endangered child to DCF

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FMPD officer arrested for failure to contact DCF about endangered child who later died

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Fort Myers councilman wants to see reform at FMPD sooner rather than later

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Lee CARES Childcare Assistance Program still has help availability for parents

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