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.


Officer of the year named at Law & Order Ball at Hertz Arena

Honoring all branches of law enforcement, Rotary Club of Fort Myers South hosted its sixth annual Law &Order Ball at Hertz Arena in Estero...

Rep. Steube introduces bill to change Marijuana to a schedule III controlled substance

Congressman Greg Steube (FL-17) introduced the Marijuana 1-to-3 Act of 2019 Thursday to reschedule marijuana from a schedule I controlled substance to a schedule...

Construction worker fights for life, injured in Cape Coral hit-and-run

At construction site, workers show up to the job understanding the danger they face. A worker is fighting for his life after being critically...
Plane in the Bahamas wrecked by Hurricane Dorian. (Credit: Glass family)video

Bahamas family overcomes Dorian’s destruction, makes new life in Naples

Evacuees, who made it the United States from the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian left the country in devastation, are doing what they can to...

Naples Park woman, victim of hit-and-run, seeks justice after being left for dead

A Naples Park woman is seeking justice after being the victim of a hit-and-run and left for dead. Last month, WINK News told you about...
FGCU student Brianna Ritchie and her family (Family photos)video

FGCU student reaches family in the Bahamas after 2 days

Desperate moments for a local Florida Gulf Coast University student after losing touch with her family for two days. As Brianna Ritchie focuses on her...
Views of the Bahamas from a Coast Guard Elizabeth City C-130 aircraft after Hurricane Dorian shifts north Sept. 3, 2019. Hurricane Dorian made landfall Saturday and intensified into Sunday. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Stanton.)video

Naples couple reminisce about Hope Town before Dorian’s wreckage

A Naples couple started their lives in the Bahamas. But the wrath of Hurricane Dorian has left them hopeless, unable to get ahold of...
The family at their former home of the Abaco Islands, Bahamas (Family provided photo)video

Former Abaco Islands inn owners fear for friends amidst destruction

It's hard to see the place you once called home, change. Leslie Aaron and her husband watched the Abaco Islands, where they raised their boys,...

Hendry County horse trainer prepares animals for Hurricane Dorian

A horse trainer in Hendry County told us it’s safer for them to stay put than try to evacuate before conditions potentially worsen due...

Island communities usually ordered to evacuate first ahead of storms

When a storm threatens Southwest Florida, and you’re ordered to evacuate, you want to do it safely and quickly. But evacuation is not always...

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