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.


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State won’t prosecute former Fort Myers Police captain

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No clear evidence of residency violation in city council race

A hearing officer hired by the City of Fort Myers recommended to Fort Myers Council to find Anthony Thomas has met residency requirements to...

Breaking down the campaign cash in Southwest Florida

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Hearing officer to determine if Fort Myers city council candidate eligible to run

A hearing officer appointed by the City of Fort Myers heard testimony Monday regarding an allegation that a council candidate did not meet residency...

LCSO says it hasn’t been requested to investigate Fort Myers council candidate

Lee County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday it has not been approached by the City of Fort Myers to investigate accusations of election fraud against...

Fort Myers City Council asks for election fraud investigation into council candidate

Fort Myers City Council voted Monday to have Lee County Sheriff's office investigate whether a candidate for city council filed fraudulent documents to run...

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