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.


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,...

Harry Chapin Food Bank partners with Feeding America

Hunger is a growing issue in our community as food prices, gas prices and rent prices increase. That's making it much harder for many families...

March to a Million Meals: From client to volunteer, bringing joy to others

One step away from hunger. Most families don't have a lot of savings, and one job loss or one medical diagnosis away from needing outside...

South Fort Myers golf tournament raises money for the Harry Chapin Food Bank

An ace in the hole for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Nearly 100 golfers hit the course on Tuesday with one goal in mind;...

Volunteers help families who can’t make it to a food pantry

When you go to one of Harry Chapin Food Bank's mobile pantries, you'll always find two things – people who need help, and people...

March to a Million Meals: What’s inside a Harry Chapin Food Bank meal kit?

Throughout the month of February, WINK News is marching toward the month of March with a goal of helping provide one million meals to...

WINK News kicks off March to a Million Meals to help feed SWFL

We’re on the March, and we want you along every step of the way. WINK News anchor Lois Thome has been reporting on the difficult...

Copperleaf residents walk to raise $80K for Harry Chapin Food Bank

Some people in Southwest Florida need help to feed their families because of the ongoing pandemic. As many as 25 to 30% more people...

National Alliance on Mental Illness provides resources for understanding mental illness

One in five adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness. One in 20 experiences a severe mental illness. For children, it's 17%, according to...

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