Sara Girard is an investigative reporter for WINK News in Fort Myers, FL.
She is a proud Gator, having 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 member of the National Press Photographers Association and an alumna of the NPPA News Video Workshop Y58.
In 2019, 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 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.
Above all, Sara has an intense passion for people and holding the powerful accountable. She loves to write, shoot and edit, and she feels at home in investigative storytelling. She's brought to light issues of students’ safety at bus stops, police misconduct, felons struggling to survive after prison, violence performed on live video, and much more. See her most recent investigations with WINK News here.
When she's not working, Sara enjoys travelling, trying new foods, seeing local theater performances, hanging out with her many nieces and nephews, and playing roller derby.