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.


Authorities crack down on SWFL drunk driving for St. Patrick’s Day

Police and deputies across Southwest Florida are cracking down on drunk driving tonight for St. Patrick’s Day Sunday. Deputies told WINK News, drivers caught drinking...

Toxic Algae: Researchers say airborne chemicals present last year

There is new proof waterways in Southwest Florida clogged with blue-green algae released high toxins into the air for months. FGCU researchers told WINK...

FGCU conference seeks to mitigate red tide impact

Our beaches are packed right now, but as we become closer to summer there are worries an abundance of dead fish could wash ashore...
A high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. on April 11, 2018. Photo via AP/ Steven

How can I tell if my child is vaping?

Students are looking for ways to buy the liquid used in vape pens. The number of students vaping in our schools has sharply increased....

Community supports family of fallen Miccosukee police officer

The family of an off-duty police officer, who was killed in a crash, received community support. Organizers spent days putting together the Barbeque and...

Boating Safety: Experts warn how to keep yourself safe

On Friday, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Lani Kai Island Resort on Fort Myers Beach...

Naples community members against HOA switching cable to streaming service

The homeowner's association at a Collier County retirement community wants to switch over to a community-wide internet streaming service when it’s cable television contract...

Beekeepers see an increase in the yellow creatures across SWFL

Bee-ware of a bad buzz. Swarms of bees have been sighted across Southwest Florida. Experts said it is a sign these creatures are in good...

Judge declares mistrial in 2017 Cape Coral murder case

A judge declared a mistrial in a 2017 Cape Coral murder case Friday night. The jury continued deliberations until 9 p.m. Friday for the case...

Cape Coral man accused of 2017 murder appears in court

The trial against a Cape Coral man accused of killing another man continued in Lee County after court proceedings began Wednesday. Ryan Doyon, accused of...

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