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

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.

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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.”

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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.

Okaloosa County

When Beasley Park in Fort Walton Beach opened 55 years ago, it was designated as the only beach for blacks in Okaloosa County. Andrew Hill, who was appointed as overseer of the once-segregated park, is now being honored with a commemorative plaque that adorns its entrance.

It all began in 1959, when the Florida Park’s Board approved $14,400 expenditure for construction of Beasley Park.

  Okaloosa County Commissioners are in the process of drafting a resolution that would voice opposition to relocating Middle East Conflict Zone refugees to the county.  However, board members have asked staff to rework the language in the resolution before bringing it back for consideration at their next meeting.

  

The item was initially put on the agenda by Commissioner Trey Goodwin.

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Community Solutions, partnered with the Greater Ft. Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce will host an overnight event called One Hopeful Night. The purpose of the event is to allow participants to experience what it’s like to be homeless for a night while raising awareness and funds for a new resource center for the homeless opening next year.

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sustainable uses of local water ways since 1996. They’re working to fulfill their mission and grow a community of stewards that will help preserve those resources for future generations. 

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is focused on the Choctawhatchee River and Bay Watershed, which stretches to the north of Troy, Alabama and includes the Pea River and numerous creeks.

Baker Block Museum

The debate over flying the Confederate Battle Flag on government property stems from the June 2015 shooting in Charleston, South Carolina; but the discussion has taken on a life of its own throughout the Florida Panhandle including in the city of Crestview.

At the center of the controversy in Crestview is a memorial to a local Civil War hero known as “Uncle Bill Lundy,” which was built on a parcel of city-owned property the year after William Lundy died nearly 60 years ago.

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  The annual Veterans Day ceremony in Fort Walton Beach was held Wednesday at Beal Memorial Cemetery. It was the first official observance to be held around the new Veterans Tribute Tower at the entrance to the cemetery.  

“Ladies and Gentleman…the ringing of the new Tribute Tower and the stroke of the eleven bells.”

The sound of the Freedom Bell rang out as part of the ceremony. Dozens of veterans from World War II to Desert Storm to the Global War on Terror were gathered around the flag pole and the new Tribute Tower where they were recognized for their service.

  The Ft. Walton Beach community commemorated the completion of The Bud and Dorie Day Patriots’ Trail.

“And now, families, children, young people, and adults using that trail today,” FWB Mayor Mike Anderson leads the celebration marking the completion of the trail.

“And, just the inspirational notes that are along the way, it’s just really, really a fitting tribute to a great American hero and the great American wives who are behind these heroes.”

Tom Rice

  The Veterans Tribute Tower will soon make its way from Cincinnati, Ohio to Fort Walton Beach.  The tower’s long journey begins on Saturday. Delivery of the tower is the first of several scheduled events to honor military veterans through November 11th.

The Veterans Tribute Tower has been several years in the making. It was constructed at the Verdin Bell Company’s foundry in Cincinnati. The same company poured and cast the tower’s Freedom Bell using their mobile foundry in September at Uptown Station.

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  The Triumph Gulf Coast board of directors met Wednesday to discuss the next steps it will take to prepare to distribute the $1.5 billion intended to assuage economic damage caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

            

The Florida Legislature created Triumph, a five-member advisory board, in 2013 to administer the portion of recovery funds from the BP disaster to the eight Northwest Florida counties most heavily affected by the spill. Those counties are Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla.

            

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