Lauren Sweeney

Professional Experience

2016 to present: Investigative reporter, WINK News. Previously worked as a producer at KPRC-TV in Houston, WKMG-TV in Orlando and WINK News.

Awards & Recognition

  • Florida Associated Press Finalist for Investigative Reporting, 2018
  • Suncoast Regional Emmy Nominee for Crime News, 2017
  • Lonestar Emmy Awards, winner for Best Investigative Story, nominee for Best Business/Consumer Story, 2016.
  • Houston Press Club, first place for TV Consumer News, 2016.
  • Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, second place for news series, 2016.
  • National Press Club Award, third place for investigative reporting, 2012.
  • IRE/NICAR, Holly Wisenhunt Stephen Fellowship recipient, 2011.
  • Suncoast Emmy Awards, winner for Crime Story, 2008. Five-time nominee, 2010 – 2014.
  • Edward R Murrow Awards, 2008 and 2009 regional winner for Investigative Reporting.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Service

Cooking, fitness, running, yoga, scrapbooking,  reading the New York Times’ travel section, dreaming about places to travel and sometimes going there, watching my husband golf, taking the dog to the beach, rooting for the Steelers and Nittany Lions, and spoiling my nieces and little ‘sister’. I’m also a Big Brothers & Big Sister mentor, volunteer at PACE school for girls and WGCU’s radio reading for blind and visually impaired.


Penn State University

Likes best about Southwest Florida

“The people.”


Western Pennsylvania.


Is ICE using driver’s license photos to find undocumented immigrants?

Privacy advocates are raising red flags about the use of facial recognition software by federal law enforcement agencies. Documents obtained by Georgetown Law’s Center on...
Outside of the City of Fort Myers Police Department. Photo via WINK

Lawsuit against Fort Myers city and police officers dropped

A judge tossed the lawsuit filed against the City of Fort Myers and several current and former police officers Friday. The lawsuit centered around accusations...

Former AC company employee admits to illegally notarizing customer signatures

A former employee at a prominent Southwest Florida air conditioning and home services company admitted to illegally notarizing documents for the company in a...
FILE: Handgun. (Credit: WINK News/FILE)video

Handgun stolen from undercover LCSO deputy’s vehicle

Twice in a week, guns were stolen from local law enforcement. First from an officer in Cape Coral and now an undercover deputy in...

Cape Police and officer could be liable for stolen gun

A teen suspect was recently arrested for a crime spree that involved getting his hands on a police officer's department-issued handgun. But our investigative...
8-year-old girl in a hit-and-run crash Monday morning. (Credit: Aiken Family)video

Hetherington’s girlfriend will not face charges, former prosecutor says

WINK News was first to get the court documents that show the suspect in a crash that killed 8-year-old Layla Aiken knew he was...
Group of teens hanging out as some text on their smartphones. (Credit: CBS)video

CCSO seminar covers digital dangers to keep children safe

Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram – that is scratching the surface. Do you know how to talk to your children about staying safe while online? It...
Outside of an Emergency Trauma Center. (Credit: WINK News)video

Hospital price lists fail to shed light on true costs of care

A ride to work on his bike, turned into an eight and a half month fight that could have bankrupted him. “It turned my life...

Unvaccinated kids entering schools in Southwest Florida at four-year high

According to Florida Department of Health immunization data, 319 Kindergarten students cited a religious exemption for common childhood vaccines in Southwest Florida for the...

Health, recovery focus of Congressman Rooney’s private meeting on algae

Representative Francis Rooney is hosting a roundtable of federal, state and local leaders to discuss harmful algal blooms at Florida Gulf Coast University...

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