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This week on NewsNight, as Governor DeSantis delivers his State of the State address, the panel takes a closer look at the priorities for the legislative session as it gets underway in Tallahassee. And more groups look forward to receiving COVID-19 vaccinations as a new federal site opens in Orlando. Plus, how Florida school districts are trying to locate the missing kids of the pandemic.

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NewsNight | Reaction to 2021 Florida State of the State Addr

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith talks with NewsNight following Gov. Ron DeSantis' 2021 State of the State address.

NewsNight | Biden Administration Impacts on Florida

Aubrey Jewett, University of Central Florida Political Science Professor, discusses the beginning of the Biden administration and what it means for Florida. More this week on NewsNight -- Friday night at 8:30 on WUCF.

NewsNight | Mail-In Voting Debate in Florida

NewsNight's Steve Mort discusses the debate over mail-in voting with State Senator Dennis Baxley. Baxley, a Republican whose district covers parts of Marion, Sumter and Lake counties, has filed legislation to make registration for mail-in ballots good for just one general election cycle, instead of the current two.

NewsNight | Academic challenges for virtual students amid pa

WMFE reporter Amy Green spoke with NewsNight's Steve Mort about her report on the academic challenges facing kids attending school virtually because of the pandemic.

NewsNight en Español | La vacuna en Florida.

Con las nuevas variantes del Coronavirus-19 y el contagio en nuestra comunidad, Nancy Alvarez comenta con Verónica Zaragovia de WLRN y Health News Florida los esfuerzos para expandir el acceso a la vacuna en Florida.

NewsNight en Español | El programa una “Florida Resistente”

El Gobernador DeSantis ha propuesto el programa una “Florida Resistente” Fuerte para enfrentarse al impacto de los cambios climáticos en nuestro estado. Incluyendo inundaciones y elevación del nivel del mar. Esto surge después que el Presidente Biden firmó una serie de ordenes ejecutivas con respecto al cambio climático.

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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.

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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 is a bilingual news anchor and reporter for Central Florida’s ABC affiliate, WFTV Channel 9, and host of NewsNight on WUCF, Central Florida's PBS station.

Over the last 20 years, she has played a role in covering every major story in the region including hurricanes, political events, and the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in June of 2016.

Nancy began her career as a reporter covering the space program in Brevard County providing live coverage of countless launches and landings. She was on the runway in Florida waiting for the space shuttle Columbia when it broke apart over Texas during re-entry. She was among the first reporters on the air covering the tragedy from the Kennedy Space Center.

Nancy was also on the front line for the infamous 2004 Hurricane Season when three hurricanes hit Florida in less than two months.

More recently, Nancy was one of the first reporters on the ground in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017. Over the course of multiple trips, she provided coverage of the impacts of the storm both on the island and in Florida as storm evacuees moved to the mainland. She was also there for the political unrest that led to the resignation of the island’s governor in 2019.

She also works as a public speaker and has used her reporting experience to advocate for issues including domestic violence and the challenges facing special needs kids in schools. Nancy is a first-generation Cuban American and lives in Orlando with her husband and two children.

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