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.


911 call taker helps Arcadia family deliver baby in their car

What started as a call to 911, ended with the birth of Sandra Castaneda's baby boy. "It got pretty intense quite quickly. I just told...

SWFL veterans split on President Trump’s decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria

Kurds living in Syria are scrambling to get away as the Turkish military invades the region. "We've been doing this actually over a period of...

Charlotte County mom creates game to teach kids about the ocean while giving back

Who says learning can't be fun? "The best way to connect with kids is through games, getting them involved, hands on interaction," says Charlotte County...

Hurricane Dorian: Peace River K9 crew searches for missing people in Bahamas

A group of volunteers and specially trained dogs are getting ready for one of their biggest missions yet. Peace River K9 Search & Rescue team...

Charlotte County teen’s death unsolved, reward increased for helpful information

A grandfather is desperate for answers after his grandson’s mysterious death in Charlotte County. Gage Jackson’s grandpa, Randy Jackson, sat down with us to talk...

Hundreds say goodbye to Port Charlotte teen hero killed protecting sister

Hundreds gathered for a Port Charlotte teen's memorial service to say goodbye to a hero, son, brother and friend. Khyler Edman’s family was joined by...
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Charlotte County community to gather for Khyler Edman’s funeral

Khyler Edman's heroic actions continue to inspire students and community members in Charlotte County. On Thursday, his family, friends and people that do not...
Derelict boat in Charlotte Harbor. (Credit: WINK News viewer)video

Punta Gorda moves to remove derelict boats faster

They are abandoned, neglected and a safety hazard. Now, the City of Punta Gorda wants to speed up the process of getting rid of...

Neighbor plans to file bill following Port Charlotte teen’s death

Life changed in an instant for one Port Charlotte family. Last week, Khyler Edman was at school. Today, his family is planning a Celebration of...

His sister’s keeper: Port Charlotte teen killed in break-in honored as a hero

A Charlotte County boy died a hero. Now, his family wants you to know who he is. Deputies say 15-year-old Khyler Edman gave up his...

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