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.


COVID-19 vaccine: A look at the rollout past and present

What a difference a few months have made when it comes to the coronavirus vaccine. -- from desperation that played out in the national spotlight...

Unpaid medical debt reaches unimaginable high

Anyone who has seen a doctor lately knows just how costly care can be. Unpaid medical debt is now unimaginable, reaching into the hundreds...

Parents of murdered Bonita Springs woman get some closure after killer found guilty

Monday, the parents of a murdered woman received some closure after their daughter's killer was convicted. Sarah Nicholson, 34, was brutally murdered in her Bonita...

Jury finds man guilty in Bonita Springs woman’s murder in 2017

A jury found a man guilty of involvement in the murder of a woman in Southwest Florida almost four years ago. Cristian Dilan, 23, was...

Trial update: Jurors hear interrogation of man accused in killing of Bonita Springs woman

Jurors heard from the man accused of killing a Bonita Springs woman in 2017 during day three of testimony. Prosecutors played a taped 3-hour interrogation...

2 jurors dismissed from trial of man accused in death of Bonita Springs woman

The second day of the trial of a man accused in the death of a Bonita Springs woman began with the dismissal of two...

Opening statements begin in trial of man accused in Bonita Springs woman’s murder

Opening statements began Wednesday morning in the trial of Cristian Dilan, a 23-year-old accused of participating in the death of a Bonita Springs woman...

Judge reserves ruling on whether to end former SAO investigator’s probation

The man responsible for a DUI hit-and-run crash that killed a father on Christmas Day in 2013 wants a judge to end his sentence...

Prosecutors: Woman accused of witness tampering in fatal hit-and-run case

The woman accused of killing a North Fort Myers teenager in a hit-and-run last year is now believed to have tampered with witnesses who...

Florida law takes effect to protect you from robocalls

Relief from robocalls is here. A Florida law is now in effect that helps to protect your number from the hundreds of nuisance calls...

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