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.


Penn State University

Likes best about Southwest Florida

“The people.”


Western Pennsylvania.


Marco Island, south Fort Myers top list for flood insurance claims

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For people who want to avoid a DUI, are portable breathalyzers accurate enough to use when deciding if you can drive? WINK News puts...

Billboard criticizes state attorney candidate over stand your ground case

The father of a man killed outside a south Fort Myers townhouse in 2016 has paid for a billboard to criticize the decision not...

Former Fort Myers mayor knew of deed restrictions on Luminary Hotel land

The prospect of a new hotel in downtown Fort Myers was exciting for many residents to hear back in 2014. But four years later, no...

Couple paying mortgage, insurance for empty dirt lot where hurricane damaged home once stood

June should have marked a year for Hope Daley and Matthew Dykes in their Golden Gate home. Instead, they visit a dirt lot where the...

Farm owners admit to slaughtering animals without a license, but deny allegations of animal...

Protests over a perceived lack of action by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney Stephen Russel’s office have erupted since the release...

More arrests expected in Okeechobee dairy farm abuse cases

Two additional arrests in relation to undercover video of alleged animal abuse are expected by the end of the week, WINK News has learned. So...

Few mass shooters in Florida have history of mental illness

In the days after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, classmates recounted memories of Nikolas Cruz. One told a reporter he sensed Cruz...

Drainage system failures may have intensified record 2017 flooding

When Island Park Road in south Fort Myers was impassable for days on end during late August torrential rains and then again after Hurricane...

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