News Team

Becca Hadwen
News Coordinator

Becca is a member of the news team. He first started working with WSLR in January of 2020. They are always curious about the role of journalism in empowering community members and holding leaders accountable. Becca studies sociology and Spanish at New College of Florida.

Bernadette Nwokeji

Bernadette is a member of the news team. After participating in the 2021 Black History Month listen-in, she decided to become a part of WSLR. She deeply enjoys the process of curating news stories and believes it has contributed to her staying informed about local and statewide issues. Bernadette is a local high school student who hopes to take her newfound appreciation for news broadcasting with her to college. 

Basil Pursley

Basil Pursley [he/they] is a News Intern at WSLR. They are a student at New College of Florida who is studying Media and Culture. He is interested in entertainment, theme parks, and exploring economic equality.

John Finnegan

John is former Rhode Islander who moved, with his wife, to Lakewood Ranch three years ago. He’s a retired school psychologist and Catholic school principal who also spent his weekends as a radio and mobile DJ. He continues to dj in the area as well as volunteering at his church, Habitat for Humanity, Tidewell Hospice and , of course, as a news reader for 96.5 WSLR!

Rhiannon Hanlon

Rhiannon Hanlon is a WSLR News Intern and a student at New College of Florida, studying sociology and philosophy. Their interest in journalism spawned at a young age after watching their grandfather’s work in local organizing, and continues through their work with WSLR and their studies.

Ivy Autman

I’m 16 years old, and I am born and raised in Sarasota! I love reading, baking and ceramics. One of my extra curricular activities is horseback riding, and I'm very happy to be a new addition the WSLR news team!

Stan Zimmerman
Omar Guerrero
Allison Housh

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