Brooke Shafer

Professional Experience

2017 to present: Reporter, WINK News
Previously worked as Weekend Anchor and Reporter for WCJB in Gainesville, FL.

Awards & Recognition

Honored with the 2016 award for Best Multi-Media Journalist in small market by the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters.

News Philosophy

My proudest moments are when I can tell stories that matter through the eyes of the viewers.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Spending time with my family and friends. A lifelong dancer, I enjoy being active and engaging with those around me.


Dual degree from Florida State University with majors in Communications and English and minors in Spanish and Psychology.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

I am a Florida girl, born and raised in the Miami area. I love being close to my family and the water.


Coral Gables, FL


Boats are in the thick of it when it comes the algae crisis

As thick blue-green algae creeps across waterways in Southwest Florida, many are wondering if it's bad for their boat? Boat captain Matthew Trottier with Paradise...

Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency due to algal blooms

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday for the algae blooms that are causing concern among residents in Southwest Florida. The order will...

Fire officials warn of lightning strike dangers as summer storms continue

Florida is the lightning capital of America, and it's extremely dangerous to be outside during a storm. A boat was even destroyed near Hancock Parkway...

Cape police say evidence of gas skimmers declining due to new safety rules

The Cape Coral Police Department has another plan to make sure criminals don't find new ways to steal money at gas stations in SWFL,...

SWFL family who lost their son says new heat illness policies aren’t enough

A family who lost their son after he died from a heat stroke at football practice wants to make more safety changes across the...

Boy dies after being electrocuted by stove outlet in Fort Myers home

An 8-year-old boy died early Thursday morning after being shocked by an outlet, according to the Fort Myers Police Department. Caleb Zedaker, of Fort Myers,...

Cape woman sees results after trash left on street for weeks

In Julia Weaver's front yard there may be leftover garbage and soda cans, but for her it's progress. "My heart was jumping for joy," Weaver...

Cape residents react to trash left on streets for weeks

Several residents expressed their frustrations over piles of garbage sitting out for weeks near Southwest Seventh Terrace. Donna and Mike Smith moved to Cape Coral...

Cape Coral leaders to discuss improvements of Bimini Basin Monday

Members of the SWFL community are fighting for more water tests of Bimini Basin before a big new development breaks ground. It's a popular spot...

South Fort Myers family installs ‘mini reef’ under dock to help improve water quality

A south Fort Myers family is working to improve water quality in Southwest Florida. Jim Nolte and his wife installed a mini reef made of...

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