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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!

Homelessness in Lee County: Millions of dollars provided, but is it helping?

For the last four years, Vicky Bond has carried her past and her belongings with her, sleeping on a bamboo mat at Lions Park. "I...
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Cape Coral man suing Lee County Sheriff’s Office after typo leads to wrongful arrest

An innocent Lee County man is suing the Lee County Sheriff's Office over a typo that led to his wrongful arrest. Carlos Javier Lobos, 44,...
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New Labor Department guidance expands unemployment eligibility

The U.S. Department of Labor is issuing guidance to state unemployment insurance agencies that expands the number of instances in which workers may be...
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Top three unemployment system issues plaguing jobless in SWFL, explained

Nearly a year into the pandemic, issues continue to plague jobless people across the state. Despite doing exactly what the Department of Economic Opportunity recommends,...
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Scammers steal Collier County couple’s info to apply for unemployment benefits

Scammers are stealing information to apply for unemployment benefits, and it’s happening in Southwest Florida. The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office released a warning Thursday explaining...
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Pandemic Academics: How SWFL students are performing one year later

Whether online or in-person, learning looks different in the age of COVID-19, and parents in Southwest Florida are worried about their kids' education. How have...
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How to find your unemployment tax documents for filing season

Today's the first day you can file for your tax refund and experts say you should file early. But tax time is also causing...

Survey – One year later: Education in Southwest Florida during a pandemic

While students have faced extraordinary obstacles to education over the last year, WINK News is setting out to learn how our kids, and next...
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Florida still working to extend federal unemployment programs, begins paying out extra weekly $300

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity says it's started processing the $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments which were extended and modified by...
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Vaccine distribution changes leave SWFL senior living community with uncertainty

Some senior living communities in Southwest Florida must jump through hoops to get their residents vaccinated, and it’s taking a toll. The uncertainty that...

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