Lois Thome

Professional Experience

1992 to present: Anchor, WINK News.

Awards & Recognition

I’ve been honored with much recognition, including the “Best News Anchor” in Southwest Florida, the Phi Delta Kappa Lay Person of the Year, the Quill Pen Award from the Florida Association of School Administrators, a “Woman in History” from the American Business Women’s Association, the Library Advocate of the Year by the Southwest Florida Library Network and was voted one of the top Women of the Year by Gulf Shore Life Magazine.

News Philosophy

A news organization plays a very important role in society, providing vital information in times of emergency and keeping a close watch on the powerful while, at all times, being fair and accurate.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Service

For more than 15 years I’ve volunteered as a committee member for the Southwest Florida Reading Festival, helped raise millions of dollars worth of food for the Harry Chapin Food Bank, served on the local board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and volunteered in area schools by reading to children and mentoring students.


University of Wisconsin.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

There are so many things to love about Southwest Florida. The people, the beaches the sunsets. But if I had to chose one, it would be the weather. We are the envy of much of the country, most of the year, and that’s pretty special.


St. Anna, Wis.


Husband, John; son, Nicholas; daughter, Isabella.


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While much of Florida has been unmasked for some time, there's one side effect that's hitting older people and children. Hospitals have seen an increase...
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Florida House passes bill aimed at helping human trafficking survivors

The Florida House of Representatives passed a bill to empower and better protect victims of human trafficking. The trauma and scars for survivors of human...

Harry Chapin Food Bank: Thank you for your donations

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March to a Million Meals: 150 agencies partner with Harry Chapin Food Bank to...

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WINK Feeds Families: Team up with us in our March to a Million Meals

Southwest Florida is marching to feed a growing need in our community. WINK News is teaming up with the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest...

State works to fight human traffickers drawn to Super Bowl, rescue victims

The big game in Tampa Bay is just three days away. The stadium's decked out and the community's ready to play ball. But there's...

Food costs soar by $963K during pandemic for Harry Chapin to feed SWFL’s hungry

The pandemic has had a dramatic effect on how the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida operates. Because of the pandemic, more people are...

Volunteers power the Harry Chapin Food Bank

Sharon Tuite volunteers with the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida a couple of times a week. It makes her feel good to feed...

March to a Million Meals: The pandemic has increased food insecurity in Southwest Florida

Rising unemployment rates and an increased cost of living, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic, have all created this growing amount of food...

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