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 County K-9 unit dog has success finding missing-endangered people

A hero stepped into action to help find a missing man in distress. A special K-9 unit dog made a name for himself on the...

Charlotte County participates in ‘World’s Largest Swim Lesson’

Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide. In the last two months, at least two drownings have been reported in Cape...

Mom of Englewood teen accused in fatal shooting arrested for letting son keep guns

The mother of a Charlotte County teen accused in the accidental shooting death of his girlfriend has been arrested. Lori Lynn Wik, 46, was jailed...

14-year-old SWFL boy looks to earn HS diploma, college degree simultaneously

A Southwest Florida teen is jumping four years ahead by getting his high school diploma and a bachelor's degree all in one. The child...

Charlotte Harbor seagrass lost 3 decades of recovery in 2 years

Seagrass in Charlotte Harbor has lost three decades worth of recovery growth in just two years. Charlotte Harbor is home to manatees sea turtles and...
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Progress being made on Punta Gorda Airport expansion

WINK News got an exclusive look Friday at the progress being made on Punta Gorda's airport expansion plans. These plans include office spaces, a...

Historic train depot undergoing repairs in Punta Gorda

A historic building damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017 is getting new life. The old train depot in Punta Gorda is almost 100 years old,...

DNA helps ID another potential victim of Charlotte County killer

Twenty-seven years after his death, John Doe has a name and his family finally has some closure - and even played a role in...

Thief caught on cam stealing lights and the very cam that caught him

Say cheese! A gutsy thief was caught on cam stealing, well, the very camera that caught him stealing. The suspect showed up at Charles Miller's house...

Punta Gorda ordinance does away with obscenity on signs and clothing

After a string of vulgar displays during election season, leaders in Punta Gorda are stepping up to control profanity on flags and lawn signs. A...

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