Janae Muchmore

Professional Experience

February 2018 to present: Reporter, WINK News.  

Awards & Recognition

Honored to work alongside a team of talented journalists to bring home two Florida AP awards for continuing coverage of the Richard Spencer Rally and Hurricane Irma with WUFT-FM in Gainesville, FL.

News Philosophy

We all have a story worth sharing! My passion shines through my eagerness to meet new people, hear their stories and share them with the rest of Southwest Florida. My goal isn’t just to inform, but also inspire.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

My free time is mostly spent outdoors.  Whether it’s going to the beach, kayaking around our estuaries, running through downtown Fort Myers or capturing some amazing photos of this paradise we call home. I also frequent the gym, follow all things related to the Florida Gators and love to explore all of the amazing local restaurants SWFL has to offer.


Bachelor’s of Science in Telecommunications at The University of Florida — Go Gators! 

Likes best about Southwest Florida

Life’s better when you’re at the beach!  


Jacksonville, Fla. 


FGCU’s safety features comfort incoming students and families

For students beginning college for the fall, the first lesson for their new experience will be safety. Thursday, 4,700 students were in the process of...

Lee County HS football remains canceled amid ref pay dispute

There will be no preseason football kickoffs in Lee County Thursday night. And games are called off all weekend because of a pay dispute...

Games scheduled as planned while local referees, Lee County schools attempt to reach pay...

Student athletes across SWFL are gearing up for Friday night football. "It's more than just a game, it's a livelihood," said strong side tackle, Tommy...

First day of school kicks off for thousands in SWFL

Monday was the first day of school for thousands of students in Southwest Florida. WATCH the video above for the full story by WINK News...
FILE: Naples high school football game. (Credit: WINK News/FILE)video

Lee County high school football referees demand an increase in pay

You see them at every game, making the tough calls and taking heat from players and parents. But now, the referees who call high...
Woman having her teeth checked at the dentist. (Credit: CBS News)video

Salvation Army dental clinic serving many low-income patients closes

A Fort Myers clinic was the only way many people in the area could get their teeth checked. But now, the Salvation Army's free...
Blue-green algae build up in a SWFL canal. Photo via WINK News.video

Army corps of engineers posts algae warning signs on Caloosahatchee

We discovered algae warning signs direct the public to contacts that don’t exist. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told us it was responsible...
Man teaches classroom full of children. (Credit: Neonbrand Unsplash)

Welcome ceremony for hundreds of new Lee County teachers

Hundreds of teachers are headed back to school and they are getting a big welcome on Friday. On Friday, more than 200 new teachers for...
Manatee swims in water. Photo via CBS.video

Florida ranks as deadliest state for manatees hit by boats

Boats in Florida are to blame for more than 20 manatee deaths this year. But, there are ways people can protect these precious sea...
North Fort Myers mobile home after the fire, where their dog died. (Credit: WINK News)video

Home ablaze, family’s smoke detector did not work. Dog saves their lives.

A North Fort Myers dog gave her life to save her family. The family of four living at the home on fire said they...

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