Chris Cifatte

Professional Experience

2002 to present: Evening anchor, WINK News. Previously worked at WYFF-TV in Greenville, S.C., 1998 to 2002; WMDT-TV in Salisbury, Md., 1995 to 1998; and as a management and financial consultant in Los Angeles, 1990 to 1995.

Awards & Recognition

Earned 2002 Emmy award for coverage of Dale Earnhardt’s death. Was Lee County’s Big Brother of the Year in 2006. Also earned various awards through the years for investigative coverage.

News Philosophy

Be honest. Do your homework. Tell people what you know and tell them the parts of the story you don’t know. Understand that each story is important to someone – and do your best to give them what they need from it.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Anything outdoors and in the sun. Love all that Southwest Florida has to offer. And Big Brothers/Big Sisters.


Masters in business administration from Pepperdine University, bachelors in economics and broadcast journalism from American University.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

The people.


Norwalk, Conn.


Four days left for Rebuild Florida program registration

Some of us are still dealing with the damage Hurricane Irma left behind. And if you need help getting back on your feet, you...
Chris Cifatte speaks with the new FGCU President Mike Martin. (WINK News photo)video

New president leads Florida Gulf Coast University into the future

Florida Gulf Coast University recently turned 20 and it is showing signs of emerging adulthood. WINK News Anchor Chris Cifatte asked FGCU President Mike Martin,...
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SWFL family’s medical debt erased just in time for the holidays

Medical debt is crushing Floridians: One in four people in the state are in collections over old medical bills. During the last six months, WINK...

Storm Smart donates $10K to help erase medical debt in SWFL

We want to pay tribute to our veterans through the eyes of a Southwest Florida businessman. He never served in the military, but has made...

State looks to increase emergency gas supplies after Irma shortages

Hurricane Irma is a perfect example of why it's a good idea to prepare today at the start of hurricane season. If you were in...

Most Americans are one medical emergency away from financial ruin

It's been said that a majority of Americans live one medical emergency away from financial ruin. That scenario's all too true for one Lehigh Acres...

Lawyers face higher risk of mental illness and the Fla. Bar Assoc. wants to...

If you need a lawyer chances are you've got a problem. Maybe a big one. But the lawyer you're depending on might have an even...

WINK pays off $1M in medical debt for Southwest Floridians; You can help too!

Nearly one in four adults have medical bills in collection in Southwest Florida. WINK News is launching a project to make what we hope is...

Where are Southwest Florida’s most expensive homes?

What do you think the most expensive house in our area goes for?  A few million? Ten? How about $61 million. It’s not the only...

Raffle ticket holders still waiting for refunds

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Ticket holders for a raffle that never happened in benefit of a charity say they're still waiting for their refunds. Only two people...

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