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Stephanie Bechara

Stephanie is a reporter for WUFT News who may be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news @wuft.org

Gainesville community reaches out to homeless families

With unemployment rates over 10% and the continuing volume of house foreclosures displacing families, about 50,000 school-aged children went without homes, food, access to health care and educational opportunities last year in the sunshine state. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Bechara reports on the crisis of family homelessness growing in Gainesville, …

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Gainesville’s nutcracker show & festival in a nutshell

As the holiday season approaches, Dance Alive National Ballet gets ready for their Nutcracker Festival. Florida’s 89.1, Stephanie Bechara tells us how the different events try to involve family friends. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPNutcrackerBalletFINAL.mp3] Source:  Resident Choreographer for Dance Alive National Ballet, Judy Skinner

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Painting bowls to help fill the bowls at St. Francis

Statistics show that 1 out of 8 Americans struggle with food insecurity every day. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Bechara tells us how a group of students at the University of Florida are raising funds to bring attention to the issue in a unique way. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPEmptyBowls.mp3]

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UF students say they C.A.N. solve education problems

In a study of 34 developed nations, American students ranked 25th in mathematics, 17th in science and 14th in reading skills. Members of a University of Florida student group called “Gators Can”  say they believe these low rankings point out a serious problem for the country’s education. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s …

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Graduate student bends metal to create art for public enjoyment

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPGainesvillePublicArtist.mp3] Leslie Tharp, a free-lance artist in Gainesville expresses herself best through public art. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Bechara tells us about her involvement with the community and her goal to interact with people through her own creations. Tharp’s passion is to shape common things such as iron and steel into art—public art, …

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Location for Alachua County Fair faces uncertain future

As the Alachua County Fair makes a comeback this month after not operating last year, a new debate has begun. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Bechara reports on the possibility of moving the fairgrounds in the near future. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPFairgroundsSB.mp3] Above are the sounds from the Alachua County Fair during past years …

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Photographer documents his journey through cancer

The American Cancer Society says cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States with nearly 600,000 Americans likely to die this year alone. Florida’s, 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Bechara tells us about one photographer’s journey battling lymphoma. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPNotasIPicturedFINAL2.mp3]

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