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

The School District of Lee County. Photo via WINK

Reopening plan for Lee County schools up in the air, likely until late summer

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Baby dies in Clewiston after being left in car

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Disney World, Sea World submit reopening plans

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LeeCARES already helping families make ends meet during coronavirus pandemic

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LeeCARES programs set to give financial assistance to individuals, small businesses

Millions of dollars in financial relief will be going to families and business owners in Lee County. Lee County residents and businesses can apply to...

Sellers’ market in full swing in SWFL

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Fort Myers small business owners frustrated as city still hasn’t handed out stimulus money

After getting nothing from anyone in City Hall, from the mayor, city manager or city council, the city's community development director agreed to speak...

Summer camps across Southwest Florida

When it comes to signing your kids up for summer camp, there are usually many options. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, many camps are...
Lee County admin building. (Credit: WINK News)video

Lee County approves $57.5 million in assistance for families and businesses

Millions of people have been out of work since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to many concerns about bills, particularly mortgages and...

Neighbor tries to save Golden Gate Estates home from fire

Many homes in Golden Gate Estates were spared by the fire, but there were three that burned in an area that firefighters had a...

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