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.


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Study shows television could affect kids’ physical and emotional health

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Former newsman shares insights into Mueller report

While lawmakers in Washington D.C. continue to digest the details of the Mueller report, a Southwest Florida man gave us new insight into the...
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Do conversations with toddlers work?

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Medicine from the farm alleviates symptoms in children and adults

We all know the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But what if you can’t afford the apple … or any...
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Parental involvement: how much is too much?

Since day one, parents have always been told parental involvement is the key to their child’s academic success. But is there a point where...
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Loud noise increases the risk of having a heart attack

You probably know that smoking, obesity, and not exercising can lead to heart disease. But researchers have uncovered a new risk factor, and you...
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Spreading the “Wonder” Message: Choose Kind

The movie and book “Wonder” follow Augie, a ten-year-old boy with facial deformities as he goes to school for the first time and meets...
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Gtramp explodes on social media with jaw-dropping acrobatics

Do you know what Gtramp is? If you haven’t heard of it by now, you probably will soon because it’s hard to take your eyes...

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