Meredith Sheldon is a multimedia journalist who focuses on innovative and investigative stories. She’s produced her own docu-series and special projects across broadcast and digital platforms. Her goal is to make an impact on her community and the world.
Meredith placed fourth in the country for television feature reporting in the Hearst Journalism Awards. Her work has also been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, National Broadcast Society, NATAS Student Production Awards and the Florida Scholastic Press Association.
During her time at WUFT News, She served as an executive producer for two PBS documentary news specials. She produced Silenced: 1.5 Million Florida Felons Without A Vote, a series that put a Netflix-style, episodic spin on Jim Crow-era voting laws. She also spent four months following the lives of felons, some just minutes after they were released, to uncover the barriers they face in Locked Out: Florida.
Besides special projects, Meredith is no stranger to the daily news cycle. She works as a reporter and anchor for a PBS/NPR affiliate station's newscast covering news and health. Meredith interned at some of the top stations in the country including ABC News in Los Angeles, CBS 4 News in Gainesville and Local 10 News in Miami. She’s also freelanced for two digital health magazines.
As a Gator, Meredith double majored in Journalism and Health Education at the University of Florida. She was recognized on national and collegiate levels for her achievements in reporting, leadership and academics in both subjects.
Outside the newsroom, she’s the President of the Journalism and Communications Ambassadors, an elite group of about 100 students who represent UF’s College of Journalism. Meredith is an enthusiastic, dedicated and positive storyteller who is excited to further her career in journalism.
Awards & Scholarships
Placed fourth in the country for video feature storytelling; Advanced to semi-final competition // January 2019
Placed first in the nation for an audio sports story // April 2019
Finalist in video news, video documentary, and video sports feature for the National Broadcasting Society // February 2019
Won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for my work in sports feature reporting // April 2019
Won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for Locked Out: Florida, a digital-first episodic docu-series // April 2019
Won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for an investigative news docu-series called Silenced: 1.5 Million Florida Felons Without a Vote
// April 2019
Placed first in the region for broadcast feature storytelling; Advanced to nationals // March 2019
Won a Student Emmy for the NATAS Suncoast Region of the Student Production Awards // April 2019
Finalist for Radio sports feature. Winners announced in April // April 2019
Received Mark of Excellence Recognition for videography // March 2019
Chosen as a finalist for a student Emmy in a on-air and reporting talent category // April 2019
Won top honors for an overall collegiate award for my service to the UF CJC
Selected as the top journalism academic scholar in my graduating class; nominated and chosen by the department
Selected to join elite chapter of UF's Journalism Honor Society // May 2017
Received award for being the top news student of my graduating class; nominated by the College's Division of Media Properties
One of 11 students in the state of Florida honored for academic achievement and committment to career in journalism // December 2017
Received scholarship for my outstanding academic achievement and passion for health journalism // September 2018