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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Principal’s attorney says there is culture of corporal punishment in Hendry County

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After receiving documents from Hendry County District Schools, WINK News learned Wednesday the Clewiston principal under investigation for paddling a young student had prior...
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WWII veteran celebrates 100th birthday

A World War II veteran celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by friends on Friday. How did Ladd Orr spend it? With a round of tennis...
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‘I pulled the trigger’: Shooter found guilty in Olga teens’ 2018 murders

Elwood Timothy Robinson was convicted Thursday of impersonating an officer and shooting and killing two teens in Olga in 2018. Witnesses testified Wednesday that Robinson...
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Witnesses testify in trial of man accused in 2 Olga teens’ murders

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Trial set to begin for man accused of murdering 2 Olga teens

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State responds to Mark Sievers’ appeal

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‘People know’: Fort Myers police plead for information on shooting death of Montrell O’Neal

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