Cayle Thompson

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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.

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Jul 09, 2014 8:44 PM EDT

Hiring and training will start in August to assist with the Fall health care open enrollment.
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Dog recovering after rescue from hot car

Jul 08, 2014 6:16 PM EDT

The chihuahua's owners surrendered the three-year-old female dog following the July 4th rescue.
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Area hospitals may face fines over care concerns

Jun 26, 2014 6:30 PM EDT

This fall, fines will be levied against hundreds of hospitals across the country for falling short in patient care, and WINK News found several Southwest Florida hospitals are at risk.
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Republican Clawson wins Florida special election

Jun 24, 2014 11:33 PM EDT

In a victory for the tea party movement, Republican Curt Clawson won a special election in southwest Florida on Tuesday to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, who resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine possession.
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Study: Florida 43rd in nation for senior care

Jun 21, 2014 12:07 AM EDT

Florida received low scores in affordability and access to care, quality of care, and support for family caregivers.
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