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.


‘She’s with us’: Family talks about Gabby Petito and their goal to help others...

Gabby Petito's family memorialized the 22-year-old by getting tattoos she had designed. Nicole Schmidt, Petito's mother, has "Let it Be" and "Believe" on her arm....

Memorial service held on Long Island for Gabby Petito

Gabby Petito loved to document her travel adventures — so everyone at Sunday's memorial service will be able to watch clips of her full...

Leisure travel is flourishing in Charlotte County, but business tourism leaves a void

Visitors come from all over to soak up the view from the Wyern Hotel's rooftop deck. "Our weekends are busier than they've ever been," said...

‘Circumstances are odd’ police say, after boyfriend of missing woman returns home, hires attorney

YouTuber and blogger, Gabby Petito, 22, from North Port has been missing for more than two weeks, and now, her boyfriend has returned home...
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Retired teacher recounts meeting President Bush at a school in Florida on 9/11

A teacher remembers waiting for President Bush to arrive in the media center at her school on 9/11. September 11th has always been a special...

9/11 attack on Pentagon seared into minds of two Charlotte County men

Monsignor Philip Hill watched the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center unfold live on TV as the host of a scheduled meeting was...

Parents worried day after 2 teens detained for planning mass shooting in SWFL

Parents are reacting after deputies arrested two teens who allegedly were planning a school shooting that would rival Columbine and Parkland. Parents are thankful authorities...

Huey helicopter won’t be moved to Vietnam Wall of SWFL

A Vietnam War symbol on display in public will not be relocated. We spoke to people on both sides of the decision. Punta Gorda City...
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A Charlotte County 9/11 Ceremony has been postponed due to COVID

A 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony in Charlotte County has been postponed due to COVID-19. The decision to cancel came from a surge warning inside hospitals....

Charlotte County businesses hope fewer red tide conditions persist

Some businesses are back after their customers were scared off by weeks of toxic red tide in parts of Southwest Florida. We were in Englewood...

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