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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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COVID-19 rises in Florida, other states, but responses are different

Florida, Texas and California are all reporting the highest death tolls among states in the U.S. since the coronavirus pandemic began. As cases grow,...
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Cape Coral councilman responds after being scrutinized for email threat, public behavior

A Cape Coral councilman has gained negative attention after he was caught on camera with a mask over his entire face at the most...
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DEO says 100% eligible unemployment claimants paid; other applicants fall through cracks

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's claims dashboard says it has paid 100 percent of eligible claimants, yet dozens of people have told WINK...
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Unemployment claimants get wrong message for PEUC benefits, DEO working to remove it

An apparent glitch in the system and inconsistent information is causing confusion over unemployment. We looked at what to do Thursday if your benefits have...
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DEO to remove online option to backdate unemployment claims; must call to request change

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is removing the online option to backdate your unemployment claim if you have had issues filing. Backdating claims have...
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DeSantis claims billions of dollars paid out for unemployment, while some still wait to...

A picture of success? The Department of Economic Opportunity is showing that nearly all of the 1.5 million eligible unemployment claims have been paid. Governor Ron...
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SWFL jobless rate declines as more return to work; statewide unemployment increases

Southwest Florida unemployment rates are going down, while the state's number is going up as of May 2020. Lee: 14% Charlotte:13.5% Collier: 13.1% Hendry:...
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‘Technology concerns’ may have caused missed unemployment payments, state says

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said Thursday that 97 percent of unemployment claimants have been paid, but that doesn't mean they've been paid...
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Frustrated workers across the state protest failing unemployment system

Frustrated workers across the state are protesting the unemployment system. Multiple groups of about a dozen or two people took to the streets to take...
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Nationwide unemployment rate drops, but people in SWFL still struggle to find work

While bars, restaurants, and other businesses begin to reopen, the possibility of going back to work for many increases. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released...

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