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.


Fort Myers woman, community remember local lives lost to violence on her birthday

A Fort Myers woman took advantage of her birthday to remember the victims of violence in her community. Fort Myers police were there to...

Man shown in viral SWFL Costco video shares what he says led up to...

A man in Southwest Florida has received attention in a video that went viral after being posted to the internet. He was shown angrily...

Lee Health shortages concerning for those with closer pandemic experience

For the first time ever, Lee Health is activating its pandemic surge plan, the health system told WINK News Thursday. We also spoke to...

10-year-old SWFL boy returns home after COVID-19 treatment at hospital

A 10-year-old coronavirus patient in Southwest Florida is home now. And his mom says he's ready for some rest But his family pup probably...

10-year-old boy being treated for COVID-19; mom says ‘it’s not a joke’

The mother of a 10-year-old boy in Southwest Florida says her son is fighting the coronavirus at Golisano Children's Hospital Wednesday. He's been there...

Man becomes enraged over confrontation about masks at Costco in Lee County

A moment captured on video shows a customer screaming at the Costco at Gulf Coast Town Center recently after a woman and a man...

Debate over masks being compared to that of smoking and seatbelts

The debate over whether or not masks should be mandated, and if they even can, is harkening back to debates over regulation of smoking...

SWFL restaurants have tough decision to open or close for July 4 weekend

Restaurants are facing a difficult choice ahead of this Fourth of July weekend amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the region and state. Two...
Seal of the School District of Lee County. Photo via WINK

School district cancels in-person graduations in Lee County due to COVID-19

Hundreds of Lee County seniors part of the high school Class of 2020 must face the fact they won't walk across the stage with...

Town set to decide fate of Fort Myers Beach’s July 4 weekend

Businesses on Fort Myers Beach are waiting to see if the town decides to shut down beaches or leave them open for Independence Day...

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