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.

Education

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.

Hometown 

Keystone Heights, Florida.

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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