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

Tips still needed to solve SWFL homicide cases

Nov 27, 2014 11:26 PM EST

There are more than a dozen unsolved murders this year in Southwest Florida. Crime Stoppers is making an urgent plea for more tips before these cases turn cold.
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Sip & Send packing hundreds of care packages for soldiers

Nov 26, 2014 6:14 PM EST

Hundreds of American heroes are getting special gifts this holiday season. It's all thanks to one Cape Coral business, and your donations!
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Trafalgar Woods residents concerned with u-turns

Nov 25, 2014 6:36 PM EST

People in a Cape Coral neighborhood are afraid someone is going to get hurt. They say drivers are making u-turns in front of the gated Trafalgar Woods community, and are asking the school district to do something about it.
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Cape PD: 113 tips in TJ Maxx store manager homicide case

Nov 25, 2014 11:07 AM EST

Almost one week after the shooting death of a TJ Maxx store manager, the man police believe pulled the trigger remains on the loose.
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New landscaping around RO plant to improve neighborhood

Nov 21, 2014 6:23 PM EST

WINK News uncovers, your money, nearly $30,000 of it, is being spent to cover up what some people call an eyesore in Cape Coral. The finished project could increase home values in the area near Ida Baker High School.
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