Anika Henanger

Professional Experience

July 2018 to present: Reporter, WINK News. Previously worked as a resident reporter at WVVA in Bluefield, W.Va.; at ABC 7 Chicago as a news planning intern; at Dateline NBC as a story development intern; and at the Northwestern University’s Medill Justice Project as a multimedia investigative reporter.

Awards & Recognition

Hearst Foundation Journalism Award for Enterprise Reporting.

Assistant produced 2-hour, Dateline episode hosted by Keith Morrison, “At the Bottom of the Pool,” aired Oct. 13, 2017.

Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society – lifelong membership exclusively for students in top 10 percent of their graduating class in journalism programs across the country.

National QuestBridge Scholar – awarded to the country’s most talented, determined, and self-motivated students from low-income populations who demonstrate outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges.

News Philosophy

We consume news when we are gripped by the emotions making us all human — these are the stories that knock us off our feet. Tell the stories not easily seen that must be experienced through the emotions we all feel.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Running and cycling! I love all of the fitness-inspired events South West Florida holds to benefit others.


Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, Magna Cum Laude.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

I am so grateful for the hundreds of days you can spend outdoors with friends and family.


Keystone Heights, Florida.

Daniel Maloney among those he works with. (WINK News photo)video

Honoring the military legacy of his father brings one man’s family together

Daniel Maloney II was born into a family of service. "It's important for him to understand the sacrifice," Daniel Maloney II said. The dad he would...

Sanibel Island: “Ding” Darling raising money to stop residential development

A controversy is brewing on Sanibel Island Thursday, as J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is asking for $3 million in donations to protect...

Parents want answers after Lehigh Acres school dance incident

On Friday, 10 kids and three adults were sent to the hospital because of an irritant released in the school cafeteria during a dance...

Lee County deputies investigating shooting, armed robbery at North Fort Myers plaza

The Lee County Sheriff's office is investigating a shooting at a North Fort Myers shopping plaza Saturday. According to LCSO, the shooting happened during an...
A drone moments before flight. (WINK News photo)video

Drone school gives high school students future aviation options

An innovative program at a Lee County high school teaches students how to operate drones and chances to step into a flight simulator. A group...
Fort Myers Beach Library. Photo via WINK

Murder of a library director leaves his friends, police searching for answers

A homeless man stabbed another man outside a Fort Myers Beach library Sunday. He will face a judge Tuesday. In the meantime, those close...

New marine lab expands capabilities to research devastating impacts of algae

Setting sail to tackle one of the biggest issues for our state, J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is launching a marine lab to...

Fire chief says NFM mulch site “danger to the community,” issues stop work order

A stop work order has been issued for the intake of new material at an MW horticulture site in North Fort Myers due to...

Gas station installs chip readers to protect customers from skimmers

A Bonita Springs Chevron gas station has technology gas stations across America are rushing to get. When a customer slides a credit or debit card...
The site where a man sneaked into the victim's vehicle. Photo via WINK

Lehigh Acres robbery, sexual assault suspect still on the run

It is a constant nightmare for one man – starting on Dec. 17 – as his terror is growing each day as his attacker isn't caught. "That...

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