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.


SWFL family has baby, deals with pandemic restrictions

Bringing a baby into the world during a the coronavirus pandemic is enough to stress out any new parent. But a Southwest Florida couple...

Gulf Coast Medical Center fast-tracks expansion to open up beds for COVID-19 patients

Dozens of new beds are being made available at Gulf Coast Medical Center to treat patients with the coronavirus. The hospital fast-tracked its construction project...

Charlotte Harbor senior living community says 2 residents positive for COVID-19

South Port Square senior living community in Charlotte Harbor confirms Monday two of its residents have tested positive for the coronavirus while being cared...

Interactive chart projects Florida’s coronavirus peak to be May 3

The Florida surgeon general told Lee Health’s CEO the state's peak for the coronavirus is expected to happen in May, and we learned this...

Governor’s order to suspend vacation rentals added blow to SWFL industries

The governor announced he suspended vacation rentals for the next two weeks, and City of Sanibel took it a step further by ordering hotels,...

Former nurse in SWFL sews face masks for health workers locally, nationwide

Brave health care workers are putting their lives on the line to protect us from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. We've told you...

Collier County will discuss stay-at-home order during next meeting

Board of County Commissioners of Collier is expected to discuss and vote on a mandatory stay-at-home directive for Collier County residents and closings of...

A look at the FEMA fact checking tool and CDC coronavirus self-checker

Like much of our daily life right now, FEMA’s fact checking tool is virtual. That means, if you see something fishy on social media,...

Gov’s order: All Florida restaurants must provide takeout and delivery only

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday ordered restaurants close their dining rooms to guests, forcing the businesses to rely on takeout and delivery only. Restaurants are...

Stores set aside hours for senior citizens to get essential supplies

Several stores are now stepping up and setting aside hours only for senior citizens, who are considered the most at risk during the coronavirus...

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