Lauren Sweeney

Professional Experience

2016 to present: Investigative reporter, WINK News. Previously worked as a producer at KPRC-TV in Houston, WKMG-TV in Orlando and WINK News.

Awards & Recognition

  • Lonestar Emmy Awards, winner, best investigative story, nominee, best business/consumer story, 2016.
  • Houston Press Club, first place, TV Consumer News, 2016.
  • Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, second place, news series, 2016.
  • National Press Club Award, third place, investigative reporting, 2012.
  • IRE/NICAR, Holly Wisenhunt Stephen Fellowship recipient, 2011.
  • Suncoast Emmy Awards, winner, crime story, 2008. Five time nominee, 2010 – 2014.
  • Edward R Murrow Awards, 2008 and 2009 regional winner, investigative reporting.

News Philosophy

“I am a member of the fourth estate. it is my job to help those who are in discomfort by revealing the truth others wish to hide and responsibly report it. My profession is protected by the United States Constitution and I respect those rights by honoring fair and ethical journalistic practices.”

Hobbies, Interests & Community Service

Cooking, fitness, running, yoga, scrapbooking,  reading the New York Times’ travel section, dreaming about places to travel and sometimes going there, watching my husband golf, taking the dog to the beach, rooting for the Steelers and Nittany Lions, and spoiling my nieces and little ‘sister’. I’m also a Big Brothers & Big Sister mentor.


Penn State University

Likes best about Southwest Florida

“The people.”


Western Pennsylvania.


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