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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Local educator says governor’s $300M bonus grant won’t solve teacher shortage

Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to grant $300 million for teacher bonuses, but a local education leader we spoke to told us it won’t provide...
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Cape Coral accused killer appears in court ahead of Wisconsin extradition

A Cape Coral woman, who is the accused murderer in a 20-year-old Wisconsin cold case, appeared in Lee County court for unrelated DUI charges. Linda...
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State ordered to pay homeowners for healthy citrus tree removal in 2003

When the state attempted to fight citrus canker more than 10 years ago, it failed. And it forced some people to tear down their...
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Lee County looking to lure Fort Myers-founded company HQ back home, bring new jobs

Lee County is looking to lure a company's headquarters and hundreds of jobs in with your cash—$140,000 of it. "People finding jobs there will end...
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Dunbar toxic sludge site set to come to life as new park

The sludge is gone, and now the people living near what was once a toxic dumping ground in Dunbar can see what it will...
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Veteran shares incredible story at the Military Heritage Museum

A Vietnam war veteran shares his incredible story in front of hundreds of people who turned out to honor service members on Monday at...
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Cape Toddler’s Death: Attorney says child services has trouble tracking families

The mother and father of an 18-month-old boy were arrested for his untimely death due to starvation in Cape Coral recently. The mother was...
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Boy Scout sexual abuse exposed in Charlotte County

WINK News has pieced together some of the links between accusations of sexually abused children in Southwest Florida from the Boy Scouts of America...
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Your power company could be charging you for projects with no details

With Governor Ron DeSantis' support -- the state gave power companies the legal right to charge customers for what they call storm hardening projects....
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Open enrollment is now open, area organizations ready to help

Quality, affordable health care can be the key to making ends meet and taking care of your family. Open enrollment began Friday if you want...

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