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

  • Florida Associated Press Finalist for Investigative Reporting, 2018
  • Suncoast Regional Emmy Nominee for Crime News, 2017
  • Lonestar Emmy Awards, winner for Best Investigative Story, nominee for Best Business/Consumer Story, 2016.

  • Houston Press Club, first place for TV Consumer News, 2016.
  • Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, second place for news series, 2016.
  • National Press Club Award, third place for investigative reporting, 2012.
  • IRE/NICAR, Holly Wisenhunt Stephen Fellowship recipient, 2011.
  • Suncoast Emmy Awards, winner for Crime Story, 2008. Five-time nominee, 2010 – 2014.
  • Edward R Murrow Awards, 2008 and 2009 regional winner for 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, volunteer at PACE school for girls and WGCU’s radio reading for blind and visually impaired.

Education

Penn State University

Likes best about Southwest Florida

“The people.”

Birthplace

Western Pennsylvania.

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Is spraying weeds in Central Florida lakes, contributing to Southwest Florida’s water crisis?

Scott Wilson is not a scientist. He’s a pastor and a fisherman with a passion for the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes where he spends...
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Irma victims may not have home rebuilt for another year

Like thousands of Southwest Floridians, Hope Daley and Matthew Dykes got out of town before Irma rolled ashore. They weren’t expecting to come back to...
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Residents hit hard by 2017 flooding growing impatient with county

More than a year after historic flooding damaged hundreds of homes and several surrounding businesses near Island Park Road in south Fort Myers, long-term...
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Island Park homeowners fight to save their homes amid Ten Mile Canal flooding concerns

Island Park homeowners attended a meeting to find out what needs to be done to prevent flooding in their neighbohood. The South fort myers area...

Fort Myers police reach tentative pay agreement with the city

The Gulf Coast Police Benevolent Association police union representing the Fort Myers Police Department and the City of Fort Myers have reaches a tentative pay...
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Fort Myers police seek pay raise, negotiate with city

Negotiations over the next contract for the Fort Myers Police department continue Monday between the police union and the city. The Gulf Coast Police Benevolent...
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Southwest Florida Dentist among thousands who claim weedkiller caused cancer

Thousands of plaintiffs have joined a multi-district litigation against Monsanto, the maker of the popular Round Up herbicide. Jeff Joffe, a dentist in Charlotte County,...
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Decision on stand your ground parking lot shooter could take months

The Pinellas County Sheriff said it could be weeks or months before the state attorney Bernie McCabe’s office is complete makes a decision to...
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More than a half million dollars paid for incomplete hurricane repairs

A company from Indiana collected at least $565,478 to fix hurricane Irma damage for homeowners and businesses who were under the impression they were...
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Marco Island, south Fort Myers top list for flood insurance claims

Marco Island home and business owners filed more flood claims during the rainiest parts of 2017 than anywhere else in Southwest Florida, according to...

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