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.


Sewage Spills: Hurricane Irma highlighted deficiencies in wastewater treatment

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma 88 million gallons of wastewater spilled into state waters, according to the Department of Environmental Protection. A million gallons...

Lawsuit against Bruno Total Home Performance alleges fraud and deceptive business practices

Two weeks after a law enforcement raid on a prominent Bonita Springs air conditioning and home maintenance company, a former customer is taking legal...
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Bonita couple gets free AC system upgrade after WINK News investigation

Mark and Barbara Boocher said their air conditioning and heating system has not been functioning correctly since July. The couple claimed they paid $17,500 for...

Cape Coral man says Bruno Home Performance signed him up for financing without his...

Lance Henderson said he was signed up for financing with Bruno Home Performance without them ever getting his consent to do so. On Tuesday, law...

Police, attorney general investigating Bonita Springs air conditioning company

The Cape Coral Police Department searched the offices of Bruno Air Conditioning Tuesday. The department would not comment about the raid, citing the 'active investigation'. Since...
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Downtown Fort Myers sees multiple new hotel projects

If a person wants to stay in downtown Fort Myers right now, his or her only option is the 60-some room Hotel Indigo. But,...

Most airlines increased flights to Southwest Florida in 2018

Air travel data from the US Department of Transportation shows that between January and September 2018 all but one airline increased flights through Southwest...

Could farmers make money by helping clean up Florida’s water supply?

It’s called “wetlaculture." The marriage between agriculture and wetlands restoration is being pitched by scientists as the middle ground in the tug of war between...

How a man with a substantiated child sex abuse claim was hired as a...

In 2016 a parent pleaded by email the superintendent of the School District of Lee County to look into a teacher working at Varsity...

Judge clears land deed for Luminary Hotel construction

Charles Powell's family history is interwoven into the history of Southwest Florida. "Our roots and our lineage in this particular area is very deep," Powell said. His...

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