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

Lehigh Acres 2-year old nearly drowns in swimming pool

Aug 23, 2014 12:01 AM EDT

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. -- An investigator tells WINK News a little girl is doing ok after she nearly drowned in a pool.
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Attempted kidnapping suspect: family, military man

Aug 22, 2014 11:16 PM EDT

WINK News confirms Curtis Cornelison, 28, bonded out of jail Friday afternoon, and has also learned he has a wife and son, and served in the military.
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Fort Myers city employees take ice bucket challenge

Aug 21, 2014 11:15 PM EDT

One after another, 40 city workers took part in the social media craze Thursday night, to raise money for ALS research.
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SWFL twins receive Folds of Honor Scholarship

Aug 21, 2014 10:43 PM EDT

Suncoast Beverage Sales in Fort Myers partnered with Folds of Honor, an Oklahoma based organization that provides scholarships and assistance to children and spouses of military service members killed or disabled while serving.
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Cape Police make arrest in alleged attempted kidnapping

Aug 21, 2014 10:27 PM EDT

Cape Coral Police have arrested a suspect in an attempted kidnapping that occurred yesterday at around 11:30 a.m., in the 3500 block of Surfside Boulevard.
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