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

Districts to urge lawmakers to suspend high-stakes tests

Sep 22, 2014 10:36 AM EDT

The debate over opting out of state-mandated tests continues. The motion is simply a collective legislative platform and nothing will change in schools right now.
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Father of wandering child arrested

Sep 18, 2014 12:11 PM EDT

The child was found wandering unsupervised in the parking lot of the Bernwood Trace Apartments wearing a red onesie. Wade Edwards Jr. of Cape Coral is charged with Child Neglect which is a 3rd degree felony.
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FWC finds UF diving coach at fault in deadly boat collision

Sep 18, 2014 10:45 AM EDT

Brand new documents from wildlife officers reveal University of Florida head diving coach Donald Craine failed to steer his Pathfinder to the right to pass the SeaCraft.
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Bimini Basin project could connect 2 Cape Coral canals

Sep 16, 2014 10:42 AM EDT

The city is looking to the University of South Florida to conduct the study. USF will make a presentation to the city at Monday night's council meeting on Sept. 22nd.
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5th Annual Take a Soldier Fishing event underway in Naples

Sep 15, 2014 10:33 AM EDT

It's being called the "feel good event" of the year. Southwest Floridians are wearing red white and blue to honor the soldiers serving our country, and Saturday, those soldiers get to relax and go fishing!
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