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 Emmy nominee (Education/Schools – News), NATAS Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards – “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 – “You Are Now Live” (2nd Place)

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

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

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.


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

Go Gators!

School District of Lee County board members in early 2018. Photo via WINK

Lee County school district leaders finalize plans to keep your kids safe

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Florida Dept. of Transportation issues new hurricane evacuation rules

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Lee County Schools hopes waiving requirements, adding incentives will fill bus driver staff

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FDA holds first public hearing on legalizing CBD in food and drinks

The FDA held its the first public hearing Friday on a plan to legalize CBD in food and drinks. CBD comes from plants in the...

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Bus Stop Safety: Why are so many kids in Lee County waiting for the...

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SWFL parents learn to manage despite crippling child care costs

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