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.

Ways to Connect

A 9/11 International Memorial Flag was unveiled at the Destin-Ft. Walton Beach Airport Monday afternoon. The 9/11 Memorial Flag consists of nearly three thousand smaller American Flags sewn together into one massive Memorial Flag. Each flag represents a victim from the World Trade Center, Pentagon, Virginia and Flight #93 that lost their life in the 2001 terrorist attack on the U. S.

John Mollison

John Mollison is a writer, artist, and filmmaker participating in two local events honoring military veterans and their families over the weekend. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman had the opportunity to talk with him about his body of work and its significance.

Mollison says he became interested in military history at a time when there wasn’t as much support for the nation’s defenders, and over the years he’s learned that it’s really cool to love your country.

The Okaloosa County Farmers’ Market is growing, with plans to provide more space for residents, visitors, and vendors just in time for summer. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman attended the groundbreaking, and the market’s re-naming. 

   

Ceremonial gold shovels in hand, several local and community officials lined up in front of the only existing structure at the Farmers Market to turn the first dirt.

“Now we’re going to throw some dirt…dirt/shovels/talking & laughter…”

City of Destin

Known as the “luckiest” fishing village in the world, the city of Destin has a new mayor: Scott Fischer. A week into his term wes poke about his path his path to city hall and the challenges facing the town.

This stint as mayor is just the latest turn for Fischer. He spent 40 years in the newspaper busine beginning in his hometown of Clovis, New Mexico and including stops locally, “I think I was about 27-28 year old, when I became publisher of the Playground Daily News in Fort Walton Beach.”

Today, that paper is called the Northwest Florida Daily News.

U.S. Army photo/Sgt. Sara Wakai

It was one year ago that a UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter conducting a training exercise crashed into Santa Rosa Sound near Navarre killing all eleven crew members aboard. A ceremony honoring the seven marines and four Army National Guardsmen was held Thursday evening.

A public ceremony was held at the Navarre Beach Marine Park, on Gulf Blvd. Braving the wind and rain; several hundred people were in attendance including community leaders, military members, and family members of the fallen.

Courtesy of Eglin

The F-35 program based at the 33rd Fighter Wing aboard Eglin Air Force Base is continuing to notch local milestones, with the jet’s ten thousandth sortie at Eglin expected this week.

The benchmarks generally involve the Air Force variant, the F-35A Lightning II.  Late last week, crew members at the 33rd Fighter Wing for the first time loaded munitions on the aircraft. Cpt. Hope Cronin is the Chief Public Affairs Officer for the 33rd Fighter Wing, “They’re dropping munitions, specifically their dropping the GBU-12, which is a laser-guided bomb unit. It’s about 500 pounds.”

Danielle Freeman

In honor of Black History Month and in commemoration of the City of Crestview’s Centennial Year the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida recently hosted a discussion about the early education of Afro-Americans in area. 

A new book looks at how the Ft. Walton Beach community rallied together to help Vietnamese refugees fleeing after the fall of Saigon. The book not only shares a slice of local history, it’s also being used as a teaching tool at UWF.

Okaloosa County

Regional Air Carrier GLO announced this week that they soon will be soaring into Northwest Florida, providing low-cost, non-stop service from New Orleans, LA and Little Rock, AR.  

For the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, this is the second partnership with a new airline to be announced in less than a month.

Tracy Stage has been the Okaloosa County Airport’s Interim Director since October of 2015. His tenure has been short, but exciting.

In January, VPS added Allegiant Air with seasonal nonstop flights from Cincinnati, OH and St. Louis, MO.

Gary Sinise Foundation

 

  A new “smart home” is being built for a wounded veteran and his family in Okaloosa County courtesy of the Gary Sinise Foundation’s, R.I.S.E. Program. The innovative home will provide a renewed sense of independence for the Airman and his family. 

The Greater FWB Chamber of Commerce and ResortQuest are hosting the Winter Guest Fest Friday morning, January 15th from 8 a.m. to noon. The trade show is held each year to acquaint winter visitors or “snow birds” with local services on the Emerald Coast.

Danielle Freeman

A new partnership between the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport and Allegiant Air will now provide nonstop flights from Cincinnati and St. Louis to VPS. The new seasonal flights will run twice a week and are estimated to bring more than 12,000 additional visitors each year to the Destin/Ft. Walton Beach area.

“We closed out Okaloosa County’s centennial year with a huge win that will produce immediate widespread economic impacts now and continue to compound year over year.”

Photo via Flickr// ** Parapluie ** / https://www.flickr.com/photos/restreguas/4509084689/

An interlocal agreement was made this week between the city of Destin and Okaloosa County to fund the sheriff office’s enhanced law enforcement plan for Spring Break 2016. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman reports, although the cost will be shared by both parties and the measure is just a contingency plan, the source of the funding is still uncertain.

Community Solutions

  Community Solutions, partnered with the Greater Ft. Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce recently broke ground on One Hopeful Place, a facility intended to aid the homeless in Okaloosa County. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman reports although the groundbreaking is just the beginning of several phases the center will go through before completion in 2016, the community is eager about its potential.

City of Destin

The mayor of Destin is resigning his post a little earlier than initially thought in order to make a run for the state House of Representatives. He plans to step down in about a month.

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