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.

Sprinklers at a Charlotte County homeowner's backyard. (Credit: WINK News)video

Charlotte County embraces new water conservation campaign

We take water for granted. But think about a day without it. Hospitals and fire stations would shut down. You could not shower or...
FILE: Tony Lewis, left, PRIDE coordinator in Perry County, watches as Paul Lewis maneuvers a septic tank into place Monday, July 15, 2002, in Happy, Ky. (AP Photo/Rhonda Simpson/FILE)video

Charlotte County has costly mandatory septic system switch

Hundreds of home owners in Charlotte County have to switch from septic to the county sewer system, and they don't have a choice. The switch...

Gopher tortoises attacked by dogs, recovering at Peace River Wildlife Center

Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda is taking care of six gopher tortoises that were seriously hurt by dogs recently. “Most people are very...
Traffic on U.S. 41 in Charlotte County. (Credit: WINK News)video

FDOT needs your help to improve U.S. 41 in Charlotte County

Community leaders in Charlotte County want your thoughts about what changes the Florida Dept. of Transportation needs to make to U.S. 41. FDOT will...

Port Charlotte family urging safety measures after 2-year-old drowns

Recent child drownings throughout Southwest Florida have sparked initiative by prevention advocates. And we spoke to a family, whose child is among the four...

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...

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