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.


Naples women raise money for fight against breast cancer

The start of October is the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and two women from Naples are champions in raising money to help...

Former head of FEMA explains how to be prepared for hurricane season in SWFL

To get a sense of what leaders are up against, we turned to the man who was in charge of Florida's emergency responses during...

SWFL couple share story of daughter killed in Oklahoma City bombing 25 years later

Twenty-five years ago, a horrific act of domestic terrorism rocked the United States. The bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma...

Exclusive: Fla. lieutenant governor responds to your biggest questions

The rent is due tomorrow, the mortgage has to be paid, many of you are out of work and you can't get through to...

School counselor says a powerful tool for relaxation is within you

Online learning started Monday for more students in Southwest Florida. For parents, teachers, and students who may be stressed, one school counselor has a...

Hairdresser offers advice for those worried about appearances during social distancing

The message from our leaders is to not go out if you don't have to. That means hairdressers are closing up shop. One woman...

Estero mom holds driveway workouts for neighbors

Keeping our minds and bodies healthy is important during times of mounting stress. One Estero mother is doing what she can to help her neighbors...

Dash cam video shows final moments of Florida trooper’s life

New video shows the final moments of Florida Trooper Joseph Bullock's life. Florida Highway Patrol released the dash cam recording Friday from Bullock's cruiser, as...

Former FBI agent looks forward to ‘Richard Jewell,’ investigated 1996 Olympics bombing

Clint Eastwood film “Richard Jewell” opens Thursday. It tells the story of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta and focuses on the...

WINK Feeds Families Hunger Walk kicks off annual fundraiser

Fundraising is now underway for the WINK Feeds Families Hunger Walk, to be held in January. This is the 11th year WINK has partnered with...

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