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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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Unemployment rate continues to drop in Southwest Florida

The Department of Economic Opportunity announced Florida’s unemployment rate for August 2020 dropped to 7.4 percent, seasonally adjusted, down 4 percentage points over the...
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Lehigh Acres residents object to placement of new streetlights

A project to bring more streetlights to Lehigh Acres has neighbors frustrated, confused and willing to lawyer up. Some residents say that while they know...
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Florida may not be eligible for additional weeks of Lost Wages Assistance

Three extra weeks. That's what FEMA says some people collecting unemployment can receive in jobless benefits, but Floridians may not be eligible. We already got...
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First-time unemployment claims rise nationally, fall in Florida

A higher than expected number of Americans filed first-time unemployment claims last week - roughly 857,000 people. Continuing claims showing people who are still getting...

DeSantis ready to increase restaurant capacity beyond 50 percent ‘soon’

Gov. Ron DeSantis hosted a roundtable regarding the reopening of restaurants Thursday. While he hinted at reopening bars and increasing restaurant capacity "soon" no official...
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Unemployed Floridians start to see Lost Wages Assistance payments hit bank accounts

Long-awaited benefits from the federal government, part of the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program, started to hit bank accounts Tuesday. But we can't expect them...
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Gov. DeSantis extends unemployment waivers until Dec. 5

Unemployed Floridians can breathe a small sigh of relief — for now. A day before they were set to expire, Governor DeSantis extended three waivers...
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Florida’s unemployed still struggling despite national drop in jobless claims

Jobless claims are down for another week and 881,000 Americans filed initial claims for benefits last week. Cynthia Cox can't wait much longer. "Hurry up and...
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Dane Eagle to head Florida’s DEO

Rep. Dane Eagle will take over Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity, replacing Ken Lawson, who resigned Monday. Eagle, who lives in Cape Coral, recently lost...
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Back to School: Lee County mom says bus safety protocols not followed, district reports...

A mom in Southwest Florida is disappointed and nervous after sending her children on the school bus. With the new school year comes new protocols....

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