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


‘We don’t really have a time period.’ FEMA trailers still an unknown for people...

Stuck waiting with no place to go. It is the situation for many people who lost almost everything in Hurricane Ian and are waiting...

Consequences for Lee County dog after second biting incident

In 2018 a dog attacked a 4-year-old boy outside of a Winn Dixie in St. James City, and after the same dog recently attacked...

Lee County deputies make arrest in Saturday’s Shell gas station shooting

Lee County deputies arrested a suspect after a victim was shot and later died after a fight at a Shell gas station on Homestead...

WINK News helps a woman apply for temporary housing using Unite Florida

There are many people who need temporary housing after Hurricane Ian and on Monday Florida rolled out Unite Florida which is the first state-wide...

Fort Myers Beach hopes to be back to normal this time next year

Back up and running within a year. That is the plan from the vice mayor of Fort Myers Beach as they continue to recover...

Boat removed from apartment complex with a crane after Hurricane Ian

A 41,000-pound boat had to be lifted above the Riverwalk apartments to be towed away on Friday. After dealing with the floods, winds, and rains...

A look at how Charlotte County is collecting hurricane debris

WINK News is getting a look at how crews are picking up the piles of debris in our area. Charlotte County contracted Ashbritt to...

Gov. DeSantis addresses need for temporary housing while in Matlacha

People live in tents, in their cars, and on their lanais. The need for temporary housing is evident after Hurricane Ian, but we still...

Hurricane Ian debris brought to Gulf Coast landfill despite being closed since 2007

A giant pile of storm debris is growing at a landfill that neighbors fought to close years ago. At least one commissioner isn't happy his...

Nicole makes recovery harder for Rotonda residents

Residents in Rotonda who are still dealing with the large amounts of damage from Hurricane Ian are now also dealing with setbacks brought on...

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