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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Walton County

The debate over flying the Confederate Battle Flag on government property might stem from last month’s shooting in Charleston, South Carolina; but the discussion has taken on a life of its own throughout the Florida Panhandle.

Applause and cheering was the reaction residents gave Walton County Commissioners when finding out the discussion over whether or not the flag will be removed from the courthouse lawn in DeFuniak Springs would be tabled until the next meeting on Tuesday.

Bob Reyes

The Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida in Ft. Walton Beach has relocated to a new facility.The new location provides the organization a better connection to the businesses they serve.

The Ft. Walton Beach SBDC is now located just one mile off the UWF Emerald Coast Campus at 815 Beal Parkway NW. Suite A.

The Eleanor J. Johnson Youth Center in Ft. Walton Beach has been open for over twenty years, although many in the community are unaware of it.  However, a University of West Florida marketing class is hoping to change that.

Danielle Freeman

Americans will be celebrating the nation’s 239th birthday this weekend; many will be headed to the beach. The Okaloosa Beach Safety Unit shared some tips on how to enjoy the sun, sand and surf in a safe way.

Photo via Flickr// Moyan Brenn / https://flic.kr/p/d4ovX5

This week the Okaloosa County Commission rejected a proposed ordinance to allow open containers for alcoholic beverages in the Mid-Bay Regional Activity Center in the Destin area.

The idea began initially in response to the creation of similar areas in the region that successfully allow open containers. These include the South Harbor Festive Market Place in the city of Destin, the Downtown Business and Entertainment District in Ft. Walton Beach, and in some parts of the city of Pensacola.

This week the Ft. Walton Beach City Council accepted a proposal from Liza Jackson Preparatory School to take over the YMCA facility which has been shut down since last year. The proposal moves the school one step closer to obtaining a long-term-lease for the facility.

Greater FWB Chamber of Commerce

The 60th Annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival will be held in Ft. Walton Beach this weekend. Since 1955 pirates have run amok in the city during the three-day pirate-themed event. 

Danielle Freeman

The Bud and Dorie Day Patriots’ Trail is officially open in Ft. Walton Beach.

The trail is named in honor of Vietnam War hero Col. Bud Day, who died in July of 2013 at the age of 88, and his wife Dorie. It winds down Staff Drive, Nebraska Avenue, and California Drive and features 16 historical markers comprised of information highlighting their life together.

There’s a marker detailing Bud’s childhood, another on how he met the woman who would become the love of his life.

Several local organizations have teamed up to address homelessness in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Their immediate goal is to end 'veteran' homelessness by the end of this year.

 “And, it’s going to take our whole community and all of our community partners to unite and provide a crisis response system to help veteran homelessness.”

That’s Sarah Yelverton, Executive Director of the Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care. The organization has formed a homeless task force called the “Initiative for Veterans of Okaloosa and Walton” or IVOW.

Abby Freeman

 

  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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