Rachael Rafanelli

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Rachael Rafanelli joined WINK News in July 2011 as a general assignment reporter.

Rachael comes to southwest Florida after spending two years as a reporter/weekend anchor at KMVT-TV in Twin Falls, Idaho.
She is originally from Washington state, where she grew up on a farm, showing beef cattle in 4-H.

Rachael is a proud 2009 Washington State University graduate of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication – go Cougs! Her 7-minute documentary on the Pullman Fire Department earned her an Emmy nomination in 2010. She was also recognized by the Idaho Press Club for journalism excellence in 2011, for reporting on the dangers of drunk driving.
Rachael and her husband John (a math/reading teacher at Gulf Middle School in Cape Coral) are now thrilled to call Florida home.

E-mail her at rachael.rafanelli@winktv.com

Fugitives wanted for murder arrested in North Fort Myers

Apr 19, 2014 11:39 PM EDT

Dallas police say during a chase on April 15, the suspects allegedly slammed into a minivan, killing 13-year-old Ethan Vasquez. His mother, Sandy remains in ICU at a Dallas hospital, but her husband said he is expecting her condit
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City of Cape Coral could take over Red White & Boom

Apr 19, 2014 5:39 AM EDT

Red White & Boom might not be a bust after all. The city of Cape Coral, more specifically, its Parks and Recreation Department, is talking about taking over, after the Chamber of Commerce couldn't find a sponsor.
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Lightning sparks Golden Gate fire, injures 2 firefighters

Apr 18, 2014 12:30 AM EDT

In just a split second, a Collier County home that a family built from the ground up erupted in flames. Brand new video Thursday night shows the charred ruins on 39th Street Southwest.
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Cape Coral leaders discuss re-starting streetlight program

Apr 16, 2014 5:52 PM EDT

Some streets in Cape Coral have been dark at night for years. Some city leaders are worried about safety, and say it could be time to pay to turn the lights on.
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Cape Coral Police Dept. testing body cameras

Apr 15, 2014 6:06 PM EDT

Think of it as a dashboard camera for the body. If you're face to face with a Cape Coral police officer, every move you make would be recorded, regardless if a police vehicle is nearby.
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