Anika Henanger

Professional Experience

July 2018 to present: Reporter, WINK News. Previously worked as a resident reporter at WVVA in Bluefield, W.Va.; at ABC 7 Chicago as a news planning intern; at Dateline NBC as a story development intern; and at the Northwestern University’s Medill Justice Project as a multimedia investigative reporter.

Awards & Recognition

Hearst Foundation Journalism Award for Enterprise Reporting.

Assistant produced 2-hour, Dateline episode hosted by Keith Morrison, “At the Bottom of the Pool,” aired Oct. 13, 2017.

Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society – lifelong membership exclusively for students in top 10 percent of their graduating class in journalism programs across the country.

National QuestBridge Scholar – awarded to the country’s most talented, determined, and self-motivated students from low-income populations who demonstrate outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges.

News Philosophy

We consume news when we are gripped by the emotions making us all human — these are the stories that knock us off our feet. Tell the stories not easily seen that must be experienced through the emotions we all feel.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Running and cycling! I love all of the fitness-inspired events South West Florida holds to benefit others.


Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, Magna Cum Laude.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

I am so grateful for the hundreds of days you can spend outdoors with friends and family.


Keystone Heights, Florida.

Lee Health remembers those lost to COVID-19 and commemorates frontline workers

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80-year-old veteran found murdered in his Jamaica Bay home

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Lee County and stores distributing vaccine say they can handle influx of appointments

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Lee County in talks to create facility for homeless people waiting for permanent housing

Lee County commissioners want to use taxpayer money to find homeless people a place to stay while they wait for a permanent home. The goal...

Lee CARES rental and utility assistance application portal now open

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99-year-old merchant marine vaccinated after months of trying

UPDATE: Since this story was first reported, Billie Pennings received a vaccine shot from the North Collier Fire Rescue District. *** A 99-year-old U.S. Merchant Marine...

Questions remain after Florida COVID-19 vaccines delayed by winter storm

Many people are wondering about vaccine distribution in Southwest Florida after a winter storm across the U.S. held up the supply. When the first shots...

Helicopter pilot secures vaccines for her parents in Florida while in Afghanistan

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SWFL group’s efforts lead to deputy’s arrest in child predator investigation

A man sworn under oath to serve and protect was caught preying on someone who he believed was a teenage girl. Members of an...

Boat goes up in flames in Cape Coral, no injuries

A post-dinner cruise on the water ended with a boat in flames for two friends in Cape Coral on Thursday. Serge Charland was visiting his...

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