This Week on NewsNight
This week on NewsNight, we’ll look at the issue of voting rights for former felons in Florida following a federal appeals court ruling that they must pay fees and fines before being allowed to cast a ballot. And we’ll take a closer look at the two presidential candidates’ plans for Puerto Rico and what they may mean for Central Florida. Plus all the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic.
NewsNight airs on Friday nights at 8:30 p.m. on WUCF. Join the conversation about the stories in your community.
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NewsNight | Presidential Race Assessment
In a week that Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris as his running mate, and the Trump campaign held a bus tour that kicked off in Kissimmee, UCF political science professor Aubrey Jewett gives his assessment of the presidential race in Florida. wucf.org/newsnight
NewsNight | Orange County School Mask Policy
The Orange County School Board has approved a mask policy for when students return to the classroom next week. The rules set out the kinds of face coverings that are acceptable, and the actions that can be taken against employees and students who fail to wear masks. Angie Gallo, District 1 Orange County School Board Member, says the district is focusing on preventing transmission in classrooms.
NewsNight | Returning to the Classroom?
As students return to school across Central Florida, the debate over the wisdom of reopening campuses is raging. Advocates for reopening, such as Gov. Ron DeSantis, say it’s essential for the education of Florida’s children. But unions and some parents say the move will endanger students, teachers, and families. Wendy Doromal, president of the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association weigh in.
NewsNight | Danielle McKinnon Talks Systemic Racism
Danielle McKinnon, Chair of the Valencia College of African Heritage Committee, spoke with NewsNight about systemic racism.
About the Show
NewsNight Wins FABJ Award
NewsNight is a weekly, taped 30-minute segment, featuring WFTV’s Nancy Alvarez as the moderator along with a team of journalists in radio, tv, newspaper, and blogs across Central Florida. The show is a weekly round-table discussion that highlights local journalism around important community topics. It is the story behind the story. The panel will break down the big story or stories of the week and discuss what and how they’ll impact the community.
NewsNight airs every Friday at 8:30 p.m. on WUCF.
NewsNight Wins Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists
WUCF’s weekly news program NewsNight took home an award during the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists virtual awards ceremony on Saturday, May 9. NewsNight won first place in the transportation and traffic category in the large television market division for its work on transportation reporting in 2019.
About Moderator Nancy Alvarez
Nancy Alvarez joined the WFTV Eyewitness News team in May 2010 and currently co-anchors Eyewitness News Daybreak.
Her family is from Cuba, and she was born and raised in South Florida but considers Orlando a second home. In fact, she's spent most of her career in central Florida.
Her first on-air job was as the Brevard County bureau reporter for Central Florida News 13. Then it was on to WKMG where she spent five years as a reporter and received two Emmy nominations for her work in the station's investigative unit. At both stations, she had the thrill of covering several space shuttle launches and landings at the Kennedy Space Center.
She was also in central Florida for Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne, reporting nonstop during the now infamous 2004 hurricane season.
After leaving the area for three years, Nancy returned to Orlando and started with WFTV. She became moderator of WUCF's NewsNight in 2019.
When she's not working, Nancy enjoys spending time with her husband, son Benjamin, and daughter Julia. Their favorite spots include Cocoa Beach and a local hang out on a lake in Clermont.
Follow Nancy on Twitter here.