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.

Education

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.

Hometown

St. Anna, Wis.

Family

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

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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...
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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...
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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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A victim’s story: The reality of being trafficked

Florida is a hotbed for human trafficking. We're in the top three in the country for the number of cases, yet most people wouldn't...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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