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.


Man in North Fort Myers saves 40,000 bees at Moody River Estates

A man was concerned a hive of bees in Southwest Florida would be exterminated. He took action and succeeded in helping them get moved...

Lee County deputies use drones to fight crime, gather intelligence

Lee County Sheriff's Office is using drones to fight crime and keep law enforcement officers safe. We spoke to Lee County deputies Thursday to learn...

LCSO donates money from the hands of criminals to the WINK Feeds Families Hunger...

Crime may not pay, but it is helping to feed hungry people all across Southwest Florida. The Lee County Sheriff's Office is donating money it...
Photo of the window that was pierced by bullets Tuesday evening. (Credit: ‎Megan Yother‎)video

Bullets flew at the Park Villa Apartments leaving tenants terrified

A woman at a Fort Myers apartment complex has no idea why someone shot several rounds at her home on Tuesday evening. Luckily, she...
DNA strands illustration. (Credit: MGN)video

Rep. Sprowls wants to ban life insurers in Florida from getting your DNA

Rep. Chris Sprowl, the incoming Florida House speaker, wants the state to ban life-insurance and long term care companies from using the results of...
Cars stop for walkers on a busy street in Cape Coral. (Credit: WINK News)video

Cape Coral to reduce the speed limit in the entertainment district

Your safety is the reason the City of Cape Coral wants to bring down the speed limit on a major roadway on Monday. The city...

Vigil held in Collier County to remember children lost to drownings

A vigil was held on Vanderbilt Beach in Collier County Friday to remember children who died from drowning. Those gathered read the names of every...

Naples group asking state AG to prosecute schools providing books with sex, LGBTQ references...

Have you seen what's in your child's school library? One Naples group says it's way too inappropriate. However, some people, like Susan, say the controversial...
Erin Gill's stolen Nissan Altima that she found at the scene of a motorcycle crash. (Credit: WINK News)video

Dispatched Naples firefighter found her stolen car at the scene

Erin Gill, a firefighter for Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, could not believe what happened when she was dispatched for a motorcycle crash. For...
Marco Island Police Dept. (Credit: WINK News)video

Marco Island officer accused of sex on duty can keep his certification

Marco Island's city council and city manager used the word "boggled" to describe a state commission's discipline of one of its former officers who...

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