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.

School bus stops to pickup a young student. (CCSO photo)video

School bus drivers urge safety, knowing the rules when on the road

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2 arrested in Lee County after leading chase in stolen car

Lee County Sheriff’s Office conducted a chase along State Road 82 near I-75 during early hours Thursday morning. It led LCSO to arrest 18-year-old...

Hearing sets up second trial in Lee County manslaughter case

A man originally convicted of manslaughter for a shooting death is getting a new trial after having it reversed. At the center of it...

FMPD hosts missing persons event, connecting with searching families

Fort Myers Police Department along with other area law enforcement and missing persons groups held an event for families of missing loved ones to...

Securities being used to prevent school shootings might not be effective

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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

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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...

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