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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Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

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."

Danielle Freeman

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. 

American Cancer Society

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.

    Early voting is getting underway across the region for the November 4th General Election. Voters in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Escambia Counties can cast ballots beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday, November 1st. 

For the General Election, each of the counties is exceeding the eight-day minimum by providing a total of 13 early voting days, with a combined 14 polling locations that will be open for 10 hours each day in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties; nine hours daily in Escambia.

John Blackie

The City of Crestview has experienced steady growth in recent years, thanks in large part, to the addition of the Air Force’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and the Army’s 7th Special Forces. The Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida and Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce are looking to build on that, by officially joining forces to help foster business growth in Okaloosa County’s north end.

Photo via Flickr//FWB Chamber

The Bud and Dorie Day Patriots' Trail will wind through a neighborhood behind Uptown Station on Eglin Parkway. The trail has been a community effort from the very start. The city of Ft. Walton Beach donated the land and the greater FWB Chamber of Commerce has taken charge of fundraising the $100,000 needed to build it. Ted Corcoran, the Chamber of Commerce President said the community was looking for a unique way to honor Bud Day who called the area home for over three decades until his death last year, "He has statues; he has airports around the country named after him.

Joshua Condon

After Tuesday night’s deluge, local government officials, business owners, and residents across the region had little rain to deal with as they began to pick up the pieces from this week’s floods.

As much as 27 inches were recorded in some areas over a 30 hour period.

The floodwaters left some residents stranded. While many were pulled to safety on Wednesday, with equipment and assistance from the state, a final round of checks was underway on Thursday.

Daniel Hahn, Emergency Management Plans Chief for Santa Rosa County.

Danielle Freeman / WUWF Public Media

The 44th annual Earth Day was observed this week. Locally, the cities of Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach held large weekend celebrations.  The Okaloosa event was held at Liza Jackson Park off Miracle Strip Parkway (Highway 98).

After several cold, rainy days, the sun shined brightly over the park Saturday as Fort Walton Beach welcomed residents to the city's 8th Annual Earth and Arbor Day Celebration.

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