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.

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Students return to calm Gateway Charter campus after school threat

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Lake Okeechobee’s new cutoff wall adding an extra layer of safety

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Lee County focuses on flexible plan for flood mitigation in neighborhoods

We spoke to Lee County officials about the plan the county is designing to mitigate flooding and standing water issues after Eta, as a...
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Eta halting plans to slow Lake Okeechobee releases

The Army Corps is now saying that releases need to continue at the same rate due to the amount of rain expected this weekend....

What impacts could Tropical Storm Eta have on Lake O and water releases?

As we continue to watch Tropical Storm Eta's track, we're looking at the impact it could have on Southwest Florida water. If Eta dumps a...

Brother speaks on suspect’s mental health issues after shooting spree

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