Michael Hudak

Professional Experience

May 2021 to present: Reporter, Anchor, Photojournalist at WINK News. Previously worked as an Anchor, Reporter, and Photographer at WCTV in Tallahassee for 5 years; Intern for WABC in New York City from June-August of 2016.

Awards & Recognition

Emmy-Nominated for coverage of Surfside condo collapse.

6x Associated Press Award Winner … Including Best Digital Journalist, Best Sports Anchor, & Best News Anchor.

Service To America Award winner for coverage of Hurricane Maria’s aftermath in Puerto Rico.

News Philosophy

My job is to find out what the heck is going on, and tell it the best I can. Every day. If I did that correctly, I did my job.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Watching and talking sports, exercise, playing music.


Bachelors in Communications from Florida State University.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

How I can go outside in December and not be miserable.


Westchester, New York


Why spreading antisemitic flyers might not be a crime

The spreading of the antisemitic flyers is in question to whether it is an actual crime. There is a law on the books, Florida statute...

Investigation called for antisemitic flyers showing up at SWFL homes

A call for a federal investigation into the antisemitic flyers showing up at Florida homes. The same flyers were found in Punta Gorda. The people in...

Antisemitic flyers thrown on lawns in Punta Gorda

More antisemitic flyers appeared at Southwest Florida homes, this time focusing on gun control and showing Jewish politicians. Punta Gorda police confirmed that detectives identified...

Tice pastor believes steeple lightning strike cause of fire

A pastor from a church in Tice that caught fire early Tuesday morning believes lightning struck the steeple. Firefighters extinguished flames that ignited on the...

Collier County tourism in decline amid surging gas prices, inflation

A dip in a big source of income for Southwest Florida, tourism, is down in Collier County for the last few months. Due to a...

Husbands and daughters of victims killed in Surfside condo collapse speak

It's been one year since the horrific events that unfolded on June 24, 2021, when the Champlain Tower South condominium in Surfside collapsed, killing...

Vigil for the Surfside victims one year later

Maybe you know one or some of the 98 names on the Surfside memorial, maybe you don't. What we all know is they died...

The friendship behind the infamous bunk beds at Champlain Towers South

Infamous, eerie, chilling. Those words scratch the surface of how to describe the tragedy of the Surfside condo collapse one year ago on June 24,...

Husband and daughter reflect on loss in Surfside collapse one year ago

A memorial wall stands to remember those, like Judy Spiegal, who died at Surfside one year ago. Her husband, Kevin Speigal, and daughter, Rachel Spiegal,...

High demand and long lines at food distribution sites in SWFL

The Harry Chapin Food Distribution site in Lehigh Acres had a line about a half-mile long on Tuesday. It's not hard to understand that families...

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