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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Loud noise increases the risk of having a heart attack

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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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Study: Parenting strategies to improve behavior benefit older kids

You might have heard that to raise a child, you need to “nip” bad behavior in the bud early. But a new study shows...
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Do parents play favorites?

If you’re a parent you’ve heard it before — when one of your kids gets something from you — money or a present, even a Slurpee...

‘Preparedness absolutely works’: Officials provide takeaways, changes ahead of hurricane season

Emergency management officials learned from Hurricane Irma and are implementing a variety of changes as hurricane season approaches. Leslie Brozek, of south Fort Myers, said...

Local school districts are trying to head off a hiring crisis

NAPLES, Fla.- Southwest Florida school districts are facing a teacher hiring crisis with hundreds of openings and few people available to fill them. The situation has grown so dire,...

Testing the Limits: Paying for school growth

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The recession is over and Southwest Florida's population is growing again. One trip in your car or one visit to a...

Freedom Waters Foundation treats veterans to a day on the water

NAPLES, Fla - One hundred war veterans enjoyed a day on the water Monday courtesy of the Naples nonprofit Freedom Waters Foundation. Freedom Waters Foundation's mission...

Harry Chapin Food Bank looking for a new leader

FORT MYERS, Fla - The head of one of the most respected charities in Southwest Florida is stepping down. After eight years as CEO of...

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