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


Search intensifies for Brian Laundrie in dangerous reserve terrain

While authorities have found nothing so far, they hope that Brian Laundrie is running out of room to hide with every passing moment. On Tuesday,...

Parental liability in school shooting plots

Two boys who planned a shooting at Harns Marsh Middle School are currently at the Southwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Fort Myers. There...

New COVID-19 testing measures for students, staff at FGCU

Florida Gulf Coast University has a new plan of attack for combatting the spread of COVID-19 on its campus: Starting Monday, 1,500 people will...
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Seed to Table owner weighs in after Biden announces new COVID vaccine requirement

On WINK News on Thursday, we told you that President Biden announced there will be new federal vaccine requirements that could impact about 100...

The school mask debate’s effect on children

The debate over masks in public schools is putting increased pressure on our children. It puts them in a pretty terrible position, in which...

Lee County School Board to Florida Department of Education: Mask mandates will remain

The Lee County School Board has told the Florida Department of Education that the county's school mask mandates will remain in place. This could...

Afghan translator for Cape Coral veteran makes it to US with family, heading for...

In a major update to WINK News' exclusive story about the Afghan man known as "Frank" (for security reasons), the former translator for the...

Teachers can quickly run out of paid time off with repeated COVID exposure

Teachers are working to keep our schools safe during the pandemic, and that means quarantining after exposure to COVID-19. But how much time off...

FGCU professor on misconceptions surrounding masks, children’s health

Lee County parents will want to make sure their kids have their masks on before they head out the door Wednesday morning, because the...

Special meeting Monday evening on mask policies for Lee County schools

Will the Lee County School Board reverse course and mandate all students to wear masks in class? The seven board members meet Monday evening...

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