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This week on NewsNight, Central Florida hospitals prepare for more patients as COVID-19 cases climb. And while hospital operators take steps to accommodate a new wave of infections, they worry about the number of medical staff who remain unvaccinated. Plus, as schools prepare to return for the fall semester, can they do so safely without mask mandates?

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Cuban Americans back anti-Communist protests on the island

Cuban Americans in Florida rally in support of an end to the island’s Communist rule.

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Removal of mask mandates in schools

NewsNight's Steve Mort spoke with the President of the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association, Wendy Doromal, to discuss the removal of mask mandates for the upcoming semester.

The latest on the Surfside Condo Collapse

NewsNight's Steve Mort spoke with Verónica Zaragovia of WLRN who has been covering the Surfside condo collapse in South Florida.

Protests in Cuba and Central Florida

NewsNight’s Steve Mort spoke with UCF History Professor and Cuba expert Luis Martínez-Fernández about the recent protests in Cuba and here in Central Florida.

'Viewpoint diversity' at State Colleges and Universities

NewsNight's Steve Mort spoke with Clay Calbert from the University of Florida's Marion B. Brechner First Amendment project about a new law requiring state colleges to survey students, faculty, and staff on their political opinions in order to achieve “viewpoint diversity” in higher education.

Protestas en Cuba y en Florida Central

Steve Mort presentador de NewsNight habló con Luis Martinez-Fernández, Profesor de Historia en UCF y experto en asuntos cubanos, acerca de las recientes protestas en Cuba y en Florida Central.

Los mandatos de las máscaras en la Florida Central

Nancy Alvarez y Hazel Ortiz de Noticias Univision en Orlando discuten los mandatos de las máscaras en la Florida Central, incluso si los distritos escolares deberían continuar exigiendo cubrimientos faciales.

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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.

Follow Nancy on Twitter here.

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