Sam Smink

Hello Southwest Florida!

Sam Smink joined the WINK News team in October 2013 as a general assignment reporter, and she couldn't be happier!

Sam comes to WINK from Upstate NY, where she worked as the Weekend Anchor/Producer and Weekday Reporter for WETM, the #1 station in the Twin Tiers.

While in Upstate NY, Sam covered many important stories, including the devastating aftermath of Tropical Storm Lee. Hopping in a boat to travel down Main Street in Athens, which was under 8 feet of water at the time, was a life-changing experience. The people there showed such strength that Sam knew she had to share their stories. What an inspiration!

Sam was also part of the team that won the New York State Broadcaster Association's "Best Newscast Award," for that very coverage.

Sam graduated Summa Cum Laude from Penn State University, where she majored in Broadcast Journalism, and minored in Theatre and International Business. Sam also spent time on the other side of the Atlantic, studying for 6 months in London.

Growing up in winter-prone Philadelphia, Sam has longed for some year-round sunshine! Plus, as a life-long baseball fan, it's only fitting she live in the land of spring training.

Sam absolutely loves talking to people and hearing any and all stories, so if you see her around town, don't hesitate to come up and say hi and chat for a while.

Even better? Email her with story ideas, interesting tidbits, or just to say hello!

Her email is and she'd love to hear from you.

You can follow her on Twitter: samsminkWINK
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SAO now investigating Naples police officer shooting

Sep 04, 2014 3:49 PM EDT

WINK News has confirmed, the Estero domestic shooting investigation involving two Naples police officers is now in the hands of the State Attorney's Office.
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Four Fort Myers kids overdose on Triple C

Sep 02, 2014 6:32 PM EDT

Only WINK cameras were there as one by one, some even carrying each other by the arm, 22 kids from the Oasis Youth Shelter walked into Health Park hospital, Monday night, suspected of a Triple overdose.
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Current/past teachers respond to Lee County Opt Out

Aug 28, 2014 6:41 PM EDT

Some teachers say they are very pleased with the school board's decision to opt out of standardized testing.
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Lee County parents rally around Opting Out of Testing

Aug 27, 2014 6:46 PM EDT

Some Lee County parents, have had enough of high stakes testing. A group rallied in red outside Wednesday night's school board meeting...
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Lehigh Acres first responders save 2 y/o from drowning

Aug 26, 2014 2:43 PM EDT

A Lehigh Acres toddler survives a near-drowning experience. Monday, her family reunited with the first responders they credit with saving her life.
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