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.


March to a Million Meals: Why your dollar matters

You have hundreds of choices when donating to charitable causes in Southwest Florida, so why should you give your money to March to a...

March to a Million Meals: Food insecurity leads first-timer to a food bank

Thousands of people in Southwest Florida must make tough choices every day. Do I buy food for my family or pay the electric bill? Is it...

A look back at the historic 2022 hurricane season

The 2022 hurricane season started with a historic lull. A tropical storm formed five days into the season, but nothing until September 1. There were...

How videos games can be beneficial for children

If you have a child, chances are they have a video game on their wish list this holiday. While some may worry about how...

“Christmas on Third” Tree Lighting in Naples

A chance to see snow and meet Santa Claus on Monday in Naples to get into the holiday spirit with live music at the...

Lee County learning lessons from Bay County’s Michael recovery

At times, coming back after Hurricane Ian may seem insurmountable. But each day, as Southwest Florida continues its recovery, there are stories of hope. There are...

Hurricane Andrew 30 years later

30-years-ago Wednesday, South Florida was left stunned by the destructiveness, power, and ferocity of Hurricane Andrew. Andrew was an overwhelming Category 5 storm, the highest...
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Harry Chapin Food Bank to help SWFL food insecure students

A child's chance for a promising future starts with getting enough to eat. As many as 12,000,000 children in the United States are food...

Publix food doesn’t go to waste, donating 4.7M pounds to Harry Chapin Food Bank...

It's estimated that nearly 40% of all food in the United States goes to waste, while our friends and neighbors go hungry. That's why Publix...

Harry Chapin Food Bank partners with organizations to distribute food

When it comes to feeding people in Southwest Florida, the Harry Chapin Food Bank doesn't do it alone. They have more than 150 partner agencies,...

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