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.


Insurance claim backlog jeopardized treatment for child with Down syndrome

The Leones are a picture of an all-American family. Dad is a firefighter and mom stays at home with their two children. But on top...

Governor Ron DeSantis asked to review 2016 Stand Your Ground shooting

Ryan Modell was killed in south Fort Myers in March 2016. WINK News investigative reporter Lauren Sweeney has extensively covered the State Attorney’s decision...

Cape Coral woman’s life sentence for teens’ murders overturned, could go free in 10...

A Cape Coral woman who was convicted for her part in the brutal murders of two cape coral teenagers more than a decade ago...

Fort Myers approves unpaid $37,000 go to outside law firm

BREAKING: Fort Myers City Council unanimously approved a $37,000 purchase order Monday to pay past due invoices to law firm Knott, Ebelini and Hart. The...

Embattled Bruno Total Home sells amid criminal investigation

A Bonita Springs company under investigation by the Florida attorney general sold its assets and client list to Davie based Air Pros. According to a...

Health insurance costs will rise in 2020

Employers will pay more in 2020 to keep their employees insured. "We are seeing average premium increases in the 5% to 10% range for 2020...

Half day at hospital doubles new mom’s bill for baby

Jordan Paul had one of the best surprises of her life last summer, waiting throughout her pregnancy to find out the gender of her...
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Former military member turned murder suspect seeking asylum in Ukraine

A suspect in a 2018 double murder in Estero is currently in Ukraine, fighting extradition back to the United States. Craig Lang and co-defendant Alex...
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High deductible insurance plan leads to a $2,200 bill for a finger infection

Deb Milostan is a part-time Bonita Springs resident who was fortunate enough to retire early. Since she was too young for medicare, which is...

Cape Coral day care teacher told police she didn’t mean to hurt girl

A day care teacher seen in a video pushing and spanking a child told police that she was trying to put the child down...

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