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.

Suzuki closing in on a deal with the Marlins

MIAMI (AP) - A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Ichiro Suzuki has agreed to a one-year contract with...

Four people displaced by fire in North Fort Myers

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The Lee County Red Cross is helping four people displaced by a fire in North Fort Myers. The fire broke out...

Rubio takes first steps for a possible presidential run

WASHINGTON, DC - The field of Republicans running for president could soon be expanding with the likely entrance of Florida Senator Marco Rubio. CBS News...

Florida’s unemployment rate continues to drop

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's unemployment rate continues to drop. New numbers released Friday show that the state's unemployment rate for December was 5.6 percent....

Car in canal tied to missing persons case from 1978

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Officials say they've recovered from a South Florida canal a car that a young couple was in when they disappeared...

Drug deal leads to teenager’s death

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - Collier County deputies tell WINK News that a 17-year-old killed in Wednesday night was involved in a drug deal gone bad. Meliton...

Young Cubans look forward to diplomatic changes

HAVANA, Cuba -  The United States and Cuba have closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress being made after more...

WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk just 10 days away

LEE COUNTY, Fla - The WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk is just ten days away and we need your help to reach our...

Colorado marijuana stores offer specials for Green Friday

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's new retail marijuana industry is joining the rush for holiday shopping dollars. The Grass Station in Denver offered traditional doorbuster deals...

Ray Rice wins appeal, suspension vacated

NEW YORK (AP) - Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been "vacated immediately," the players'...

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