Danielle Freeman

Weekend Host

Danielle Freeman has worked as a weekend host at WUWF since 2006 and a part time news reporter since 2013. Danielle is a graduate of the University of West Florida with a B.A. in Communication Arts with a specialization in Broadcast Journalism and a Minor in Public Administration.

Danielle cut her journalism “chops” while attending the University of West Florida. She worked as a contributing writer for the UWF newspaper, The Voyager, a documentary film staff member on the “Tristan de Luna and The Emanuel Point Shipwreck Documentary” Parts I II and III, and worked as a television staff member for WUWF-TV on a variety of programs, including working behind the scenes on “Inside UWF” with co-host and current WUWF news director Sandra Averhart, while also lending her voice to “Radio Live” television spots produced by WUWF-TV.

Danielle grew up in a military family. Her father is retired from the United States Army. Danielle has lived all over the place during her life including overseas several times as well as in her home state of California. She currently resides in Shalimar, FL with her husband Greg Freeman, a Shalimar native, and their daughter Abigail. In her spare time she volunteers for several organizations, including her daughter Abby’s tennis team and two soccer teams, the Art in Action program at Shalimar Elementary and as a children’s book reader for Sight Line.

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  Participants in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Okaloosa County have spent the past several months learning what it takes to start a business. The program concludes Monday night when the final 7 students present their ideas to potential local investors. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman has this preview.

Originating in Rochester, New York, The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is in its second year in Okaloosa County and is sponsored by the FWB Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Destin Chamber as well as other community groups.

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Okaloosa County residents recently got a look at the Florida Department of Transportation’s latest plans for replacement of the Brooks Bridge in Fort Walton Beach. It’s early in the process, but already there are some mixed feelings about what’s being considered.

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Operation Eagle Claw is known as the “most successful failed mission in history.” It was a joint-services mission to rescue Americans held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Iran in 1980. Hurlburt Field recently held a recent ceremony honoring those who died during the operation, and the valuable lessons learned as a result of what happened.

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Brooks Bridge in Fort Walton Beach is nearly 50 years old and in need of replacement.  The issue will be the subject of a public forum hosted by the Florida Department of Transportation this Thursday evening at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Multiple options are being considered.

Brooks Bridge was constructed back in the mid 1960’s, a 4-lane steel and concrete structure built to carry traffic along U.S. 98 over Santa Rosa Sound between downtown Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island.

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Thirty paintings by local artists Allan Gold and Robyn Patterson are on display at the UWF Emerald Coast Library in Ft. Walton Beach. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman sat down with the artists, who spoke about their inspiration.

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Ocean City-Wright Firefighters donated lifesaving equipment to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at a presentation Thursday that will help make rescue attempts safer and quicker for deputies and victims.

In Okaloosa County, early voting is underway for the March 10th municipal elections. In Crestview, the race is on for the mayor’s seat. 

The four candidates are incumbent David Cadle, Landrum Edwards, Tom Gordon, and Jeremiah Hubbard. Each of them recently took part in a candidate forum on Crestview Community Television.

The hot button issue at the forum was whether there’s a crime problem in the city and what should be done about it.

The tradition of getting hitched at the courthouse is no longer an option in several Panhandle counties in Florida. In Okaloosa County, a local law firm is stepping in to fill that void. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman reports, the offer of free wedding ceremonies is open to all, but coincides with the legalization of same sex marriage in the state.

"By virtue of the authority vested in me under the laws of the state of Florida I now pronounce you married, you may kiss your spouse."

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For the second time since the program began in 1994, Okaloosa County has a national finalist in the Wendy’s High School Heisman Competition.  Trey LaNasa is a senior at Ft. Walton Beach High School. 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. One in eight people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Early detection and a good support system are key elements in the fight against the disease.

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