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)

Awards & Recognition

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

2019 Regional Edward R. Murrow, Excellence in Innovation in TV Award, Locked Out Florida (Winner)

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

News Philosophy

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

Memorable Assignments

Sara was on scene covering hurricanes Irma and Matthew, the 2018 March for Our Lives, and the 2016 Presidential and U.S. Senate elections. She’s also helped create two award-winning documentary-style series telling the stories of felons struggling to survive after prison (Locked Out Florida) and the impact of violence performed on livestream (You Are Now Live).

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Sara is a big fan of theater and performing arts, travelling to far away places, volunteering, rollerblading, watching Gator football, eating too much Mexican food, 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!

Hometown

Born in Montreal, QC, Canada

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