Erika Jackson

Professional Experience

2019 to present: Reporter, WINK News
2015 to 2019: Reporter, Producer, and fill-in Anchor, WWSB in Sarasota
2014: Intern, The Today Show and NBC Nightly News in Miami

Awards & Recognition

Finalist in Feature Television Reporting for the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence awards, and Robert Corley Groves Award for Outstanding Achievement in TV Producing.

News Philosophy

Every person has a story. Be honest and transparent while sharing it with the world.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Cheering on the Miami Hurricanes, experimenting with vegetarian recipes, spending too much money at Target and taking long naps.


Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami, majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in LGBTQ Studies.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

The WINK Weather Authority will never predict snow for SWFL. Every day feels like summer. It’s either hot, hotter, or hottest.


Mullica Hill, NJ.


Charlotte High School teacher facing sexual battery charges

A teacher is facing charges for sexual battery and police say the crime happened at Charlotte High School. That teacher, Brendan Toop, just bonded out...

How Punta Gorda parents, kids are feeling about the city’s mask mandate in schools

Families are soaking up time together before the first day of school. Ashley Bradfield's family is taking advantage of the great outdoors since masks are...

Punta Gorda City Council approves mask mandate with possible fines for non-compliance

Punta Gorda City Council members unanimously approved an emergency ordinance that would mandate masks in indoor public places. The city is also encouraging businesses to...

Hospitals in Charlotte County announce their plan for surge in ICU patients

Doctors have been recommending that people wear masks, practice social distancing and wash their hands to make sure they keep themselves safe. But it...

Florida permit owners can legally carry concealed weapons wearing a mask for health purposes

There's a lot of misinformation out there about whether you can carry your gun while wearing a face mask. We looked at the legalities of...

Many switching up Independence Day traditions in Charlotte County to prioritize safety

The annual fireworks at Laishley Park — shot down. The freedom swim in Charlotte Harbor — sinks. People in Charlotte County are preparing for a...

Punta Gorda city council tables mask mandate discussion for a week

Punta Gorda City Council members decided Wednesday to wait a week before making any decisions on whether to mandate masks. If the city moves forward...

Views on mask use, mandate vary among community members

The debate in Southwest Florida grows as many municipalities in the region discuss mandating masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. City...

Study shows patients were 19 times more likely to catch coronavirus indoors vs outdoors

The breeze blows the trees along Punta Gorda's Harborwalk, but the harbor walkers are nowhere to be found. A few blocks away at the Celtic...

Charlotte County sheriff focused on transparency, harmony with community

Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is taking a closer look at its policies amid nationwide calls for reform in law enforcement. We sat down with Sheriff...

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