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.


Building owner cancels lease on tenant after deadly Lehigh shooting

The owners of a building at an Lehigh Acres industrial complex said they have nothing to say to their tenant who allowed a party...

Deputies investigate a Lehigh Acres industrial complex shooting over the weekend

One person was killed and two injured in a shooting at a large party at an industrial complex in Lehigh Acres early Sunday morning. Around...

Mom and son arrested for drug trafficking in East Naples

Deputies responded to a home to make a major drug bust. The sheriff’s office reported there was enough illegal drugs to kill anyone. And...

SWFL real estate market is booming

After the blue-green algae crisis pummeled Southwest Florida, home values and sales sank. But not anymore. Now, clean water may be helping fuel a...

SWFL volunteers provide support in Louisiana after Hurricane Barry

Help is already on the ground in Louisiana. The U.S National Guard refueled a generator that powers a pumping station in Morgan City during...

Does family income affect your child’s school rating?

The recently released report for school ratings may indicate that where families live and how much they make will impact how their child does...
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Discrepancies over the state’s voluntary pre-kindergarten program

It's a free program paid by the state. But do pre-schools that offer voluntary pre-kindergarten classes have the right to deny your child if...
Alana Tamplin, 12, was hit by a vehicle and died Monday. (Credit: WINK News.)video

Case of killed 12-year-old walking to bus stop turned over to State Attorney

In the case of a young girl who was killed in a hit-and-run crash, late Monday afternoon, Florida Highway Patrol confirmed it would turn...

Fort Myers police investigating incident on Cranford Ave.

Fort Myers police surrounded a vehicle and closed Cranford Avenue Saturday morning while they conducted an investigation. A black Nissan car parked in the middle...
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Florida felon’s voting rights disputed by lawmakers, nonprofit sues

A judge will likely have to settle a difference of opinion between those who fought to restore felon voting rights and our lawmaker’s interpretation...

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