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.


Neighbors of Mark Sievers say they’ve been pressured to call him ‘mentally unstable,’ but...

Potential jurors in the Mark Sievers trial have been answering a lot of death penalty questions this week. Sievers' neighbors in Bonita Springs say they've...
An image of the accused predator. (Credit: Sun Chronicle)video

Survivor reveals 4 summers of abuse at Charlotte County Boy Scout camp

A man said a camp counselor in Charlotte County sexually abused him when he was 15-years-old. The incident took place 30-years ago. His retelling...

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

When the trial for Mark Sievers starts, one group will watch with a unique perspective — the neighbors. Mark and Teresa Sievers’ next-door neighbor, Kimberley...
Sign showing the entrance to the camp. (Credit: WINK News)video

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

A camp counselor at Camp Miles in Charlotte County heard a 15-year-old's plea for help after staff molested him. It was 30 years ago,...
Boy Scouts of America. (Credit: AP)video

Accused repeat sex abuser tied to SWFL Boy Scout camp

The News-Press and USA Today report Tuesday evening ties a known sexual predator from up north directly to a Boy Scouts of America camp...

WINK News Roundtable 3: Health care costs discussion

Open enrollment on is now open for 2020. And during our third WINK News Roundtable, we talked about the option changes that will...

WINK News Roundtable 2: Talking SWFL economy and jobs

During out latest roundtable discussion, we continued to hear from Southwest Florida community members about what worries them and maybe even keeps them up...

WINK News Roundtable: What do you worry about?

Most of us have things that keep us up at night. At WINK News, we are beginning a project to get our community talking...
Avoiding surprise medical bills. (Credit: CBS News)video

Tom’s hospital bill is $250,000. But he needs to pay $160,000. Is that a...

Hospital bills are hard enough to pay. Understanding what you are paying for is just as tricky. If you have ever been in the hospital,...

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...

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