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

Marco Island Police Dept. (Credit: WINK News)video

Marco Island Police investigate an officer’s missing personnel file information

An officer for Marco Island Police Dept. says somebody took parts of his personnel file. Now, the department is bringing in outside help to...

FWC conducts investigation at home in San Carlos Park

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is conducting an investigation at a home in San Carlos Park Sunday. We also responded to the scene along...

Dog injured in North Fort Myers house fire, mobile home destroyed

One dog was injured during a North Fort Myers mobile home fire Friday morning. Firefighters cut through the collapsed roof of a mobile home to...
Amazon items delivered in a bag in front of the Edwards' Lee County home. (Credit: WINK News)video

Lee County couple has a home flooding nightmare

Flooding so bad that a couple says they can not walk their dogs or retrieve packages. Recycling will not even pick up their items....
Volunteers help build the benches. (Credit: WINK News)video

Volunteers clean up Cape benches less than a week before school starts

Some bus benches are amid overgrown vegetation. The community banned together to put these benches at bus stops after losing two little girls to...
Opioid prescription. (Credit: CBS)video

Lee County joins nationwide opioid lawsuit against big pharma companies

Lee County joined a nationwide fight to get major companies to pay for our opioid crisis. Lee Health tells WINK News, opioid overdoses skyrocketed...

Friend returns tip money stolen by woman in Lehigh Acres

On Wednesday, a woman with children was caught on camera stealing $4 in cash from a tip jar at One Stop Multi Service Office...
Woman with a firearm. (Credit: CBS)video

Conceal carry permits among Florida women doubles in the last four years

More permits to protect yourself – the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said it is seeing a rise in applicants for concealed...
Recent crash on Joel Blvd. in Lehigh Acres. (Credit: WINK News)video

Lee County considers adding safety measures to Lehigh Acres roadway

With fast drivers and a lack of traffic lights, people who live along Joel Blvd. in Lehigh Acres said the road is dangerous and...

Safety concerns on Upper Captiva after a number of drownings in July

Experts fear the usually calm, shallow Gulf waters lull people into a false sense of security. Recently, many people have reported the current off Upper...

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