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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Bill aims to prevent insurance companies from asking for education, income information

A bill sponsored by a New Jersey congresswoman would potentially ban the practice of charging higher rates on insurance to people with less education. WINK...
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Private market flood insurance could save Floridians money

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced this week that flood insurance premiums through the National Flood Insurance Program would increase by about eight percent...
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Testing finds chemical additive in microwave popcorn

You may be getting more than just extra buttery flavor when you pop a quick and easy snack. The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) said it's...
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Will teachers who’ve gotten violent with students get to pack heat at schools?

A fifth grade teacher in Collier County allegedly screamed “I’ll get a (expletive) gun and shoot her” at another staff member in front of...
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Euthanasia drugs found in pet foods pulled from shelves

Pet food pulled from shelves because of a euthanasia drug are worrisome to owners. So how can you choose the right and safety food...
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Victim in intentional HIV transmission case says stricter laws needed to protect women

It started as an online romance. Nicole Fiumara said a man in Illinois earned her trust as a kind-hearted soul who had struggled to...
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Florida paid out $11 million in sexual harassment claims to more than 300 state...

Since 1987, Florida has paid out $11 million to more than 300 state workers who say they were sexually harassed while at work. Out of...
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After Hurricane Irma homeowners struggle with damage, collecting from insurance

Holes in the roof, mold and water damage in the walls, and homes left unlivable are some of the issues still plaguing owners waiting...

Opinions on offshore drilling could help shape US energy policy

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will welcome public comment on the expansion of offshore drilling at an open house Thursday. A series of meetings...
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Earth-sheltered homes bring environmentally conscious living to SWFL

Local scientists are building an earth-sheltered home in Southwest Florida in an effort to create a sustainable way of life. The earth-sheltered movement has arrived...

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