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.


Family of victim in gruesome Bonita Springs murder seeks justice

It has been two years since the murder of a Bonita Springs woman. The father says the case is a "nightmare" and deputies need...
Walmart Supercenter at 14821 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy. informs customers of shortage on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (Credit: WINK News)video

Is there a Dawn Dish Soap shortage?

Walmart expects a nationwide shortage of Dawn Dish Soap. But before you panic in the cleaning aisle, you should hear what Procter & Gamble...

Cape Coral charter school football team forfeits games for use of ineligible player

A high school football team in Cape Coral suffered three losses this week, and they didn’t play a single game. The losses come following...

FPL is asking customers to reimburse them for $274M spent during Hurricane Dorian

Dorian leveled the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm but never approached us in Southwest Florida. The outer bands whipped across the east coast, but...

Fort Myers Beach residents concerned about impacts of red drift algae

Fort Myers Beach is full, but not with people—with red drift algae and the dead fish that have been washing up onshore. If you're breathing...

Deputies still searching for answers a year after the Bell Tower shooting

Wednesday marks one year since two men were murdered, and two others injured, in a spray of gunfire at the Bell Tower Shops in...
Alico Rd. crash Monday evening. (Credit: WINK News)video

Lee County ramp relieves congestion but your safety may be at risk

The driver who lost control and crashed into a pond Monday evening faces charges for careless driving and not having a license. But that...
Outside of the City of Fort Myers Police Department. Photo via WINK

Fort Myers Police Department hires Donald Oswald as inspector general

Fort Myers Police Department has come under public scrutiny in the community for a lack of accountability and trust, so it plans to spend...

Fort Myers man warning others after using e-cigarettes nearly killed him

On Monday, Britain confirmed its first vaping-related death. They think a factory worker's pneumonia was caused by oil from an e-cigarette in his lungs. Meanwhile,...

New law leaves foster system scrambling to recruit more foster parents

A new law aims at keeping kids out of foster care, or at the very least, place them with families instead of group homes. It's...

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