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Sara Girard

Professional Experience

September 2018 to present: Investigative Reporter at WINK News

Previously worked as a multimedia journalist at WCJB TV20 News, WUFT-TV and WUFT-FM in Gainesville, FL; and as an investigative intern at WPLG Local 10 News in Miami, FL

Member of National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)

Awards & Recognition

2019 Excellence in Broadcast News Award for Transportation / Traffic Series reporting, Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists (FABJ) – “Waiting in the Dark”

2019 NATAS Suncoast Regional Emmy Nomination for Education / Schools News reporting– “Waiting in the Dark”

2019 Young Journalist Award for Broadcast, Press Club of Southwest Florida

2019 Sunshine State Award for Multimedia Feature, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) – “You Are Now Live” (2nd Place)

2019 Excellence in Innovation in TV, Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, RTDNA – “Locked Out Florida”

2018 Awards for Photo Essay & Short Hard News Feature, Florida Associated Press Broadcasters (now FABJ) College Contest

News Philosophy

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” — Ida B. Wells

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Sara is a big fan of live theater and performing arts, traveling to faraway places, volunteering, playing roller derby, Gator football, spoiling her nieces and nephews, and cuddling up next to her dog Mickey.

Education

Master’s in Mass Communication and Bachelor’s in Telecommunication News from the University of Florida

Go Gators!

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How the 5G iPhone kicked off the latest carrier wars

Mobile carriers in the United States have spent tens of billions of dollars in a race to build out their 5G networks. Now, they're...
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Amazon Pharmacy launches; SWFL pharmacist says don’t count them out

Many people would likely agree the prices for prescription medications are too high. A potentially affordable option is making itself available to people near...
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Florida’s October numbers show 6.5% unemployment rate; experts say it’s not the whole picture

More people are getting back to work. That’s according to new numbers from the state that show October’s unemployment rate slid down to 6.5%,...
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Hundreds hired to help people navigate Florida unemployment system, agency needs more

Executive Director Dane Eagle of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity says he needs more money and more people to fix the unemployment system. We've received...
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Unemployed and Uninsured: Surge in enrollment expected in healthcare marketplace opening Nov. 1

The pandemic left millions of people out of work around the country, and for some of us losing a job meant losing health care...
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State keeps quiet on help to get federal LWA payments owed to unemployed

If you're on unemployment in Florida and never received your Lost Wages Assistance from the federal government, this could be why. WINK News obtained documents from the...
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Unemployment rate rises in September, weeks of benefits expected to go up in 2021

The state released September's unemployment report Friday. After a steady decline, it looks like the rate went up at 7.6%. That's 27,000 more people...
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Burnt Store Road streetlights ‘too invasive,’ neighbors beg Lee County to adopt new standards

Neighbors along Burnt Store Road in Cape Coral are fed up with streetlights. Lee County finished installing new lights on the hurricane evacuation route back...
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Southwest Florida connects to 5G, more small cell sites popping up

More access to faster internet is on the way. Apple announced on Tuesday its first 5G compatible iPhones, but the technology has been around for...
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Lawmakers release bill proposal to fix Florida unemployment problems

Lawmakers released a bill proposal Thursday to fix the problems you faced with the state unemployment system during the pandemic and before. Meanwhile, people like...

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