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.


Experts talk important steps toward progress in pandemic

The coronavirus numbers in Florida appear to be overall improving after a rough start to the summer. Because it impacts so much of our lives,...

Social justice movement: What’s next?

We have seen fewer protests for the social justice movement in Southwest Florida lately. Meanwhile, other parts of the country have not seen a...

FGCU experts talk survival rates with rise in COVID-19 cases, deaths

Headlines on the coronavirus pandemic are focused on Florida’s rising cases totals, as well as the rising death rate. We asked our panel of experts...

SWFL experts look at where we’re heading with coronavirus

There have been huge increases in positive COVID-19 cases and the percentage of tests coming back positive in Florida this past week. We asked a...

WINK News Roundtable: FGCU experts talk George Floyd protests, progress

It's been less than a month since video of George Floyd dying in the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota sparked a nationwide movement. There have...

WINK News Roundtable: FGCU experts talk pandemic trends

The numbers related to the coronavirus pandemic are all over the place Friday, as we checked in with our panel of FGCU experts. Coronavirus cases...

WINK News Roundtable: Where we stand as Florida enters Phase 2

As we enter Phase 2 of reopening, we asked our local experts where we stand in terms of progress and what could still hold...

WINK News Roundtable: What’s next for protests, nationwide movement?

It seems implausible that something so big could come along and silence a pandemic. But the death of a black man during an arrest...

FGCU experts talk about claims of numbers being ‘fixed’ from COVID cases to unemployment

Looking ahead in the pandemic, we're hearing more about "controlling" and "fixing the numbers," from the number of cases, the unemployment numbers, and our...

America’s return to space: May 27 launch 10 years in the making

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley arrived at the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday to prepare for a historic launch. The space agency's first...

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