Dannielle Garcia

Professional Experience

June 2019 to present: Reporter, WINK News. Previously worked at KATC-TV in Lafayette, LA as my first job out of college.

While in school, I interned at Telemundo Network in Miami, ESPN in Connecticut and WDSU in New Orleans

Awards & Recognition

Won several awards while in college for my reporting from Society of Professional Journalists, AP, La Press Association and Radio Television Digital News Association.

Also won best News Story of the Year from the Catholic Press Association.

News Philosophy

Communication is key, tell the truth, be kind and be fair – always.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Anything and everything animals (I have a sweet chocolate lab that I adopted while out on a story in Louisiana).

I also love to travel to new places, meet new people and make new connections.


Bachelors in Mass Communication with a focus on journalism and a minor in Business Administration from Loyola University New Orleans.

Studied abroad for a semester at Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

The sun, the beach and best of all, being close to family.


Miami, FL


Lee County supervisor of elections says mail-in ballots are secure

One week into early voting, more than 1.7 million Floridians have cast ballots ahead of the Aug. 18 primary election. Tommy Doyle, the Lee County...

‘Visit Florida’ attempts to keep residents in-state with new ad campaign

It's no secret that Florida's economy relies on tourism. But due to people canceling their vacations because of the coronavirus pandemic, the state of...

Naples Firefighter remembers everyone’s ‘big brother’ during private viewing

Loved ones trickled in and out of Gendron Funeral Home in Fort Myers Thursday to pay their respects to Naples Firefighter Anthony "Tony" Christensen,...

WINK News reporter recovers from COVID-19, donates plasma

WINK News Reporter Dannielle Garcia is back at work after testing positive for the coronavirus and recovering from it over the course of three...

Collier County candidate arrested with cocaine, asked to drop out of race

John Davidson Jenkins, 55, a candidate running for Collier County Board of County Commissioners, was arrested for possession of cocaine Sunday and is now...
Fort Myers Police Department headquarters. (Credit: WINK News)

Workshop tackles progress between FMPD, community it serves

Accountability and communication are key in regaining the community's trust, and the Fort Myers Police Department on Monday learned about the progress it has...

Is contact tracing working in Florida?

Many people in Florida who tested positive for the coronavirus either weeks or even months ago are saying they were never contacted by the...

Lee County mom turns skating rink into learning center during pandemic

A single parent is bringing her idea to life and turning an empty skating rink into a school of sorts. Nicole Sherill brainstormed ahead of...

Parents struggle with deciding whether or not to send their kids back to school

It's a decision many parents have to face right now — whether to send their child to school or keep them at home. But...

Blog: WINK News reporter documents COVID-19 illness, faces testing woes

It's what everyone's talking about and what I've reported on for the past five months: COVID-19. And now, I, like thousands of other people...

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