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.


Farm owners admit to slaughtering animals without a license, but deny allegations of animal...

Protests over a perceived lack of action by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney Stephen Russel’s office have erupted since the release...

More arrests expected in Okeechobee dairy farm abuse cases

Two additional arrests in relation to undercover video of alleged animal abuse are expected by the end of the week, WINK News has learned. So...

Few mass shooters in Florida have history of mental illness

In the days after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, classmates recounted memories of Nikolas Cruz. One told a reporter he sensed Cruz...

Drainage system failures may have intensified record 2017 flooding

When Island Park Road in south Fort Myers was impassable for days on end during late August torrential rains and then again after Hurricane...

Family says suspect has gotten away with murder for 14 years

It’s been over a decade since the man who was last seen with Mary Mount led investigators to the shallow grave where he had...

Animal rights supporters want arrests at Lee County farms

The Animal Recovery Mission held a townhall style meeting at Lakes Regional Library Thursday to discuss allegations of animal abuse that were presented to...

Homeowners learn lessons about flood insurance coverage after Hurricane Irma

In the days after Hurricane Irma that only way to get to Melissa and Justin Holland’s home in a neighborhood off Buckingham Road was...

Cancer patient forced to pay $125,000 when insurance denies coverage

Zachary Rizutto and his wife Melissa welcomed their daughter Roxanne a little less than a year ago. But just a few months after her...

Bill aims to prevent insurance companies from asking for education, income information

A bill sponsored by a New Jersey congresswoman would potentially ban the practice of charging higher rates on insurance to people with less education. WINK...

Fort Myers tech-support company accused of deception in ‘tech-trap’ investigation

Just before 10 on an otherwise typical workday in May 2017, employees on the second flood of an office complex off Metro Parkway had...

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