Chris Cifatte

Professional Experience

2002 to present: Evening anchor, WINK News. Previously worked at WYFF-TV in Greenville, S.C., 1998 to 2002; WMDT-TV in Salisbury, Md., 1995 to 1998; and as a management and financial consultant in Los Angeles, 1990 to 1995.

Awards & Recognition

Earned 2002 Emmy award for coverage of Dale Earnhardt’s death. Was Lee County’s Big Brother of the Year in 2006. Also earned various awards through the years for investigative coverage.

News Philosophy

Be honest. Do your homework. Tell people what you know and tell them the parts of the story you don’t know. Understand that each story is important to someone – and do your best to give them what they need from it.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Anything outdoors and in the sun. Love all that Southwest Florida has to offer. And Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Education

Masters in business administration from Pepperdine University, bachelors in economics and broadcast journalism from American University.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

The people.

Hometown

Norwalk, Conn.

State looks to increase emergency gas supplies after Irma shortages

Hurricane Irma is a perfect example of why it's a good idea to prepare today at the start of hurricane season. If you were in...
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Most Americans are one medical emergency away from financial ruin

It's been said that a majority of Americans live one medical emergency away from financial ruin. That scenario's all too true for one Lehigh Acres...
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Lawyers face higher risk of mental illness and the Fla. Bar Assoc. wants to...

If you need a lawyer chances are you've got a problem. Maybe a big one. But the lawyer you're depending on might have an even...
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WINK pays off $1M in medical debt for Southwest Floridians; You can help too!

Nearly one in four adults have medical bills in collection in Southwest Florida. WINK News is launching a project to make what we hope is...
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Where are Southwest Florida’s most expensive homes?

What do you think the most expensive house in our area goes for?  A few million? Ten? How about $61 million. It’s not the only...
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Raffle ticket holders still waiting for refunds

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Ticket holders for a raffle that never happened in benefit of a charity say they're still waiting for their refunds. Only two people...
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Sanibel couple charged for under-car damages to rental

SANIBEL, Fla.- A couple spent weeks fighting Enterprise Rent-A-Car over what the company says is damage to the car they rented. "It just makes me mad,"...
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Where do we grow from here? Impact fees

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Who should pay for growth? Should you pay for new people moving to Southwest Florida? If you think the answers to those two questions...
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Cracking the price tag code

The Internet is full of websites and blogs promising to "crack the code" and help you figure out how to get the lowest prices...

WINK News Investigates: Dealership dream shattered

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A WINK News Investigation uncovers a huge lawsuit about to go to trial in Lee County involving General Motors. The lawsuit...

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