Cayle Thompson joined the WINK News team in September 2010 as an anchor and reporter. You can catch Cayle weekdays on WINK News at Noon with co-anchor Amanda Hall, and see his live reports each afternoon starting on WINK News at 4:00.
Cayle came to Southwest Florida from America's heartland, where he spent nearly five years as an award winning anchor and reporter in Wichita, Kansas. Cayle was on the ground hours after a massive EF-5 tornado leveled the town of Greensburg, provided extensive coverage of some of the state's highest-profile criminal trials, and once flew with the U.S. Thunderbirds. In 2007, the family of a murder suspect featured on "America's Most Wanted" contacted Cayle for help arranging his peaceful surrender. Cayle was the only reporter present when the man turned himself into police at a Wichita church the next day.
Before his years in Kansas, Cayle was an anchor and reporter in Amarillo, Texas. In 2005, he rode out Hurricane Rita as a journalist embedded with the Salvation Army and the Texas National Guard. Cayle reported live from Houston the night Rita came ashore, and was the only television reporter granted access inside the city's famed Astrodome as guardsmen waited out the storm. In the aftermath, he traveled with troops through Galveston and the hard-hit city of Beaumont, Texas.
Cayle cut his teeth in news behind-the-scenes as a producer with WNEM TV5 in Saginaw & Flint, Michigan. He was part of a team to produce wall-to-wall coverage of the 2003 Northeast Blackout and the capture of Saddam Hussein.
Over the years, Cayle's work in the field, in the newsroom, and behind the anchor desk has been recognized by the Associated Press, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, and nominated for multiple Emmy Awards.
Cayle is a graduate of Ithaca College in upstate New York, where he studied journalism and politics. Born and raised near San Antonio, Texas, he is excited to call Florida home.
Hiring and training will start in August to assist with the Fall health care open enrollment.