Sara Girard is an investigative reporter for WINK News in Fort Myers, FL.
Sara fights for the underdog, connects with people and tells their stories boldly with authenticity and empathy. She loves to write, shoot and edit, and she feels at home in investigative storytelling. She's brought to light issues regarding the state's failing unemployment system, students’ safety at bus stops, school threat arrests, police misconduct, formerly incarcerated people struggling to survive, violence performed on live video, and much more. See her most recent investigations with WINK News here.
She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Florida. While getting her master's, Sara also worked as a multimedia journalist for WCJB TV20 News in Gainesville. Sara is a firm believer in constantly improving her storytelling and has attended multiple conferences including the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Conference in 2018 and 2019 and National Press Photographers Association News Video Workshop in 2019 and virtually in 2020.
This year, Sara won a Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists Award for her series of 2019 reports on danger at school bus stops. Last year, Sara was nominated for an Emmy and received the Young Journalist Award in broadcast from the Press Club of Southwest Florida. She and two different groups of her former colleagues at UF have won a pro regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation and earned 2nd place in the SPJ Florida Pro Awards for Multimedia Feature.
Sara loves reading history, traveling, eating new foods, rollerskating, watching local theater, cuddling up next to her dog, and hanging out with her many nieces and nephews.