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.


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...

Ex-wife of DC Sniper talks about domestic abuse before shooting rampage

Domestic violence can impact anyone, at any age, and under a variety of circumstances. Mildred Muhammad is the ex-wife of the D.C. Sniper. She said...

HER2-positive breast cancer patient being treated with newly approved drugs

HER2-positive breast cancer is an aggressive form of cancer, accounting for about 20% of all breast cancer cases. Now, doctors say two separate, newly...

Making Strides: A group of longtime friends are making mammograms fun

If you have ever had a mammogram, you know they are not on any woman's favorite activity list. It doesn't have to be that way,...

Remembering 9/11: Reporter recalls moment former President George W. Bush was informed of attacks

It's not every day an elementary school gets a presidential visit, but the historic day for that school soon became a historic day for...

The toll the pandemic has taken on children’s mental health

September is designated as National Suicide Prevention Month and 18 months into the pandemic, it is extremely important to acknowledge. Not only do kids already...
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Cases of foodborne illness rise across the country

Several states, including Florida, are experiencing a spike in Cyclospora, which is a foodborne illness. Cases of Cyclospora nearly doubled in a 14-day period. Amy...

Program works to expand math learning for young kids

Studies suggest early math skills are a better predictor of academic success than early reading skills. But in a typical five-hour pre-school day, less...

Hospitals see increase in respiratory virus that targets children and older people

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...

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