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.


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Sievers’ next-door neighbor believes husband responsible for wife’s death

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Boy Scout leader on hearing reports of abuse at Charlotte County camp

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Accused repeat sex abuser tied to SWFL Boy Scout camp

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WINK News Roundtable: Talking SWFL economy and jobs

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