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.


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Likes best about Southwest Florida

“The people.”


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Judge clears land deed for Luminary Hotel construction

Charles Powell's family history is interwoven into the history of Southwest Florida. "Our roots and our lineage in this particular area is very deep," Powell said. His...

At least 20 trespass incidents documented on SWFL school campuses in 2018

Schools across Florida have beefed up security in the past year: including surveillance cameras, new video door locks and the present of additional law...

Why was an accused police shooter still on the streets?

The man accused of killing Fort Myers police officer Adam-Jobbers Miller had a lengthy arrest record, and was apparently living in the country illegally. After...

Selling vacant district owned lands would not fund opening a new school

Amid the push for a half-cent sales tax, the Lee County school district has decided to list some portions of vacant land. A total of...

“Skim Reaper” is heading to SWFL and turning the tables on crooks at the...

In a matter of seconds, crooks can compromise credit card readers at gas pumps, ATM's and even store checkouts, but a new tool will...

Family says suspect has gotten away with murder for 14 years

UPDATE: After the first report on this story in May 2018, WINK News obtained exclusive interrogation video with murder suspect Terry Daniel McDonald. The video...
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Title IX investigation reveals inappropriate behavior by former FSW Provost

An internal investigation revealed allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault by Florida Southwestern’s former Provost. Dr. Jeffrey Stewart resigned after being placed on administrative...

Luminary hotel fight racks up $122-thousand legal bill

From February through the beginning of August, the City of Fort Myers paid lawfirm Knott, Ebelini, Hart more than $122,000 in legal fees to...

Family says suspect has gotten away with murder for 14 years

NOTE: Due to the length of the Judge Brett Kavanaugh Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, WINK News was unable to air exclusive interrogation video of Terry...

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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