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

Baker Block Museum

Okaloosa County is the 52nd county in the state of Florida and was formed from portions of Santa Rosa and Walton County in 1915. And, this year, Okaloosa County is celebrating its centennial.  Several local museums shared their knowledge about the formation of the county and the history of its early years.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

  Officers from more than sixty law enforcement agencies across the Gulf Coast joined Florida Governor Rick Scott and a host of other state and local dignitaries and members of the public at a Memorial service Monday at Northwest Florida State College’s Raider Arena in Niceville for Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Myers. 


UPDATE: 6:00PM 9/23/15

In the aftermath of Tuesday’s shooting death of Deputy Bill Myers the OCSO has been inundated by the shear volume of the community’s desire to show their support.  The outpouring of affection and admiration for Deputy Myers, who died while protecting and serving the community he treasured has been remarkable.  

Danielle Freeman

Throughout the spring and summer, the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County keeps a close watch on the quality of saltwater beaches. That includes weekly testing at more than a dozen locations, as part of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program.  

I’m holding a bailer, attached with a role pack that will contain the water that I’m sampling I’m going to dip it into the water about 18 inches below the surface to avoid the contaminants like gas, oils, debris, stuff like that.”

The inaugural Bridge2Bridge Suicide Prevention Run/Walk will be held this Saturday in Okaloosa County. It will run from Brooks Bridge in Ft. Walton Beach to the Marler Bridge in Destin, beginning at 8am. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman spoke with the event’s organizer about how several tragic incidents in her own life turned into a mission to raise awareness about suicide prevention in the community.

“Suicide has been my whole life.”

Florida Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong joined community leaders in Okaloosa County as a part of his “Health In All Places Tour.” Wuwf’s Danielle Freeman reports the stop highlighted veterans and the importance of working together to move health forward in Florida.

The Mayors Challenge to end Veteran Homelessness will be launched in Pensacola at the Rex Theatre. The event will include a screening of the documentary film about the homeless titled “Among the Discarded.”  It was first shown locally in May as the Mayors Challenge was introduced in Fort Walton Beach.

Originally from Panama City Beach, Trent Dion Soto is a writer and director of several documentary films. His latest film, “Among the Discarded,” shines a light on the homeless population living on the streets of LA’s Skid Row, known as the homeless capitol of the country.

Air Force Enlisted Village

The Air Force Enlisted Village in Okaloosa County is expanding. The latest addition to the military retirement community is Bob Hope Village 5. Residents will start moving in mid-August.

The Air Force Enlisted Village is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Shalimar right outside Eglin Air Force Base. It’s comprised of Theresa Village and Bob Hope Village, two independent living communities for widows of retired airmen, retired military couples, and mothers of active duty service members. In addition, an assisted living facility, Hawthorn House, is located on the property.

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.