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.


Wildlife preserve protects animals during fire in Collier County

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SWFL restaurants hiring as employees don’t return to work

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Tracking program helps locate missing man

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Salons see big turnout during first day back open

Many customers who went to a salon during the first day they could reopen in the state likely noticed some differences compared to their...

Florida barber shops, hair salons and nail salons in counties in Phase 1 can...

The owner of an Orlando barber shop helped Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state confirm barber shops, hair salons and nail salons will be...

Coronavirus threatens meat supply chain, but butchers cash in

The coronavirus is threatening the meat supply. But one business is cashing in on the local butcher shops. When we visited Xpress Meat Market on...

Bicyclist killed in crash on Penzance Blvd in Lee County

Florida Highway Patrol responded to a deadly crash with a vehicle versus a bicyclist in Lee County Thursday. According to FHP, a 62-year-old man was...

When can you get that next haircut?

Many of you want to know when you can get that next haircut. Salons are sitting empty and hairdressers and barbershops are losing money. Gov....

Lee Health sees slight bump in admissions as reopening begins

A warning from Lee Health on Tuesday: doctors said they're seeing a slight bump in admissions and will likely see a bigger one later...

Car insurance companies give out credits, but some haven’t seen any

Car insurance bills are smaller, as less people hit the roads. Insurance companies are helping many drivers make ends meet by giving credits, as...

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