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.


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...

Bishop Frank Dewane speaks on “The Pope Effect”

VENICE, Fla - The leader of the Catholic Church in Southwest Florida has tremendous respect for Pope Francis and the feelings he inspires in...

Dozens of Southwest Florida’s faithful head to Philadelphia for Papal visit

NORTH NAPLES, Fla - 38 parishioners from St. John the Evangelist Church in North Naples flew to Philadelphia on Monday for a week of...

Lee County mourns the loss of Judge Robert Shafer

LEE COUNTY, Fla - Members of the legal community are mourning the loss of Judge Robert Shafer.  Judge Shafer died on Wednesday after a...

WINK News Investigates: Florida Standards Assessment

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Southwest Florida students are taking the new, Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). It's an exam taxpayers paid the State of Utah $5 million...

Estero and Sanibel elect new leaders

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The election results are in for the municipal elections in Estero and Sanibel. Estero voters elected the first leaders for the...

Schools celebrate Read Across America with guest readers

CAPE CORAL, Fla - Schools all over Southwest Florida are celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss with Read Across America events. Read Across America began...

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