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 Beach sees big crowd Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. Photo via WINK

Keeping the body cool amid extreme summer heat

Right now, with that heat and humidity on Sunday, the beach will be a #1 spot to keep cool. But even on Fort Myers...

Fire destroys home at Silver Tarpon Fishing Lodge Resort in Bokeelia

Fire ripped through a home on  Bocilla Lane in Bokeelia Saturday morning. According to the fire chief Benjamin Mickuleit, a mobile home is a total...

Encounters with wildlife more common during summer months in SWFL

The only thing that separated a woman from a bear in Southwest Florida was a glass door A homeowner in Golden Gate Estates posted about...

SWFL cities stay proactive to protect against hackers stealing information

The City of Riviera Beach in Palm Beach County recently agreed to pay hackers $600,000. They sabotaged the city’s computers and refused to fix...

Authorities say single tip was pivotal to hate-crime related arrest

The Fort Myers man who called mass shooters “heroes” and called for the killing of Jewish people, gay people and African American people in...

Lee County nonprofit says shelters inundated with cats, need homes

Shelters in Lee County are dealing with an overabundance of furry friends in the area, and a nonprofit taking care of them says it...

Nearly $8K in baby supplies stolen from Naples church group

Volunteers with the Gabriel Project at St. Ann Catholic Church in Naples say somebody broke into their storage unit and ransacked their supplies, leaving...

Fort Myers man arrested for threatening to kill minorities has bail set at $1.1...

Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested convicted felon Joshua John Leff, 40, of Fort Myers Friday for threats he made in writing to kill...

Gov. DeSantis approves millions for citrus industry, visits Bonita Springs

Boosting Florida’s citrus industry, the state will allocate millions of dollars to help restore it to its former glory. After disasters like Hurricane Irma...

Heat, lack of oxygen caused fish kill at Lely Resort park

Dozens of fish are now food for bigger prey. People are still searching for the answer of what caused a massive fish kill at...

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