Brooke Shafer

Professional Experience

2017 to present: Reporter, WINK News
Previously worked as Weekend Anchor and Reporter for WCJB in Gainesville, FL.

Awards & Recognition

Honored with the 2016 award for Best Multi-Media Journalist in small market by the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters.

News Philosophy

My proudest moments are when I can tell stories that matter through the eyes of the viewers.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Spending time with my family and friends. A lifelong dancer, I enjoy being active and engaging with those around me.


Dual degree from Florida State University with majors in Communications and English and minors in Spanish and Psychology.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

I am a Florida girl, born and raised in the Miami area. I love being close to my family and the water.


Coral Gables, FL


500 fish released to clean water in Cape Coral lake

Fish that environmental managers call aquatic lawnmowers may be the solution to overgrown grass in a local body of water. We were on scene...
Fort Myers Police Dept. Chief Derrick Diggs speaks in a press conference on Thursday afternoon. (Credit: WINK News)video

Operation “Triple Beam” nets 120 arrests, 45 guns

There have been 120 arrests from a 90-day operation led by U.S. Marshals in Southwest Florida, authorities said in a press conference on Thursday. ...

Cape Coral woman has snake in a box delivered to her door, sender unknown

What would you do if someone shipped you a snake in a box? That's what happened to one Cape Coral woman, and authorities don't...

Driver slams car into four Cape Coral homes, then gets tased by police

Video of a driver slamming into a Cape Coral home multiple times was caught on cam Tuesday afternoon. Bizarre is the only way to describe...
Portion of the vacant Cape Coral lot. (Credit: WINK News)video

Over a decade later, a new plan for a vacant Cape Coral lot

A promise of jobs, educational buildings and projects. But more than a decade later, people are still waiting for those promises for an empty...

DEP sends Cape Coral warning letter over destroyed mangroves, other violations

Mangroves and vegetation is ripped from the ground along a Cape Coral canal and neighbors are upset, but now, so is the Florida Department...
Dr. Greg Adkins. (Credit: WINK News)video

WINK News speaks with Lee County Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins

With school starting in less than one week in Lee County, we asked parents if they have any concerns for the new year. Our 15-minute...

What the retail sale of cats and dogs ban means for Cape Coral

The City of Cape Coral voted Monday to ban the retail sale of cats and dogs. One pet shop says this is just the...
Cape Coral Police Dept. badge. (Credit: WINK News)video

Is downtown Cape Coral prepared for a mass shooting?

As you have heard, police stopped the Dayton gunman in 30 seconds, saving numerous lives. But, what is in place here to protect you...

Family says 14-year-old wrongfully arrested for skipping taxi fare

The family of a teenager says he is traumatized after being wrongfully accused of skipping out on a taxicab fare. The teen's family also...

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