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One Of Florida's First Female Doctors Honored With 'Great Floridian' Award

Governor Rick Scott is honoring a Tallahassee woman for the significant contributions she’s made to Florida. Scott recognized one of the state’s first female doctors with a “Great Floridian” award Wednesday.

Dr. Charlotte Maguire has had many distinctions throughout her life. She was one of Orlando’s first female doctors in the 1950s and the 93-year-old practiced medicine for 50 years. And, Governor Rick Scott says she’s also truly a “Great Floridian” for her work in helping to create two medical schools in Florida.

“It’s wonderful to be here to be here with an individual who has given her life to help others. And, clearly known as the ‘Mother of Florida Medical Schools,’ and has done a great job at the University of Florida and right here at FSU,” said Scott.

“And, I’ve had some opportunities. That’s what they are. It’s a real honor to be here," added Dr. Maguire.

Maguire is one of 23 people who’s been honored with the award this year. She joins the ranks of those like Tim Tebow, Lily Pulitzer, and Walt Disney. Since 1981, 89 people have received the “Great Floridian” award.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.