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. 


Water testing fliers showing up in residents mail boxes

Fliers are showing up in mail boxes across Southwest Florida, questioning if your water could be contaminated. The letter, which looks official might look like...

Woman gets an over $700 bill from confusion with SunPass, Lee County

Trena Capraro could hardly believe it when she got an official notice in the mail on Saturday. "It's my livelihood," Capraro said. "It's how I...

Spring training tickets go on sale Saturday

For some fans, it's a long standing tradition to camp out the night before tickets go on sale, but officials say this year it's...

What to know before hiring someone to put up Christmas light display

There is more than cost to consider if you're thinking about hiring help to decorate your home for the holidays. This weekend is the most...
This photo shows the Road Runner, which is the ship involved in the incident. According to Reporter Justin Kase, the owner of the ship sent the photo to WINK News.video

Coast Guard rescues boat captain from attack off Marco Island

The U.S. Coast Guard is out searching for an empty fishing boat that was last seen around 70 miles off Marco Island. The captain...

Naples Horizon Way beach access open for Thanksgiving weekend

Collier County is putting a beach project on hold for a few days so beachgoers can enjoy a popular spot this holiday weekend. The Horizon...

Fort Myers antique mall closes after filing for bankruptcy, some vendors still unpaid

Trapped behind the doors of a Fort Myers antique mall is years of history and thousands of dollars in valuable merchandise. The vendors who sell...

Cape Coral TJ Maxx manager’s murder unsolved 5 years later, new details wanted

It’s been five years, with no arrest, since investigators say the manager of a Cape Coral department store was shot and killed outside the...

Trend of ordering precooked Thanksgiving meals is on the rise

Since it is just two weeks away from Thanksgiving Day, stores like the Fresh Market are preparing for their first shipment of turkeys arriving...
Graphic for the minimum wage. (Credit: MGN)video

Impacts of raising minimum wage to $15 an hour in SWFL

A measure to nearly double Florida's minimum wage to $15 an hour could be on the ballot next year. WINK News took the controversial amendment...

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