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


Water issues could delay or cancel building developments

City Manager Marty Lawing was told by officials that the city's ability to provide water to development projects can't be promised. WINK News has a...

Fort Myers shooting survivor talks about friend who died saving her life

Ciara Lopez and De'mari Jackson were on-again, off-again girlfriend and boyfriend. The friends of two years were together on Sunday when a shooting broke out...

No bond for accused shooter in De’mari Jackson’s death in Fort Myers

Sixteen-year-old De'mari Jackson placed himself in front of a bullet to protect his friend after shots were fired on Franklin Street in Southward Village...

16-year-old dies in Franklin Street shooting in Fort Myers; suspect arrested

Fort Myers police say they have detained a suspect in the death of 16-year-old De'mari Jackson, an innocent bystander killed by a bullet in...

Community concerned after carjacking arrest in Lee County

A carjacking is causing concerns for a community in Southwest Florida. Fritz Gerald Senatus, 24, was arrested in Lee County after fleeing from Collier County...

How DeSantis’ fight with Disney could impact you

The state is taking on the world's most magical place. On Thursday, the Florida House of Representatives gave final passage to a bill to...

San Carlos Park fire plans to bill MW Horticulture for firefighting operations

The San Carlos Park Fire Department wants MW Horticulture to pay for damages and resources used to fight a fire that burned for more...

New concerns after kids seen jumping off abandoned boat in Bimini Basin

Kids that were seen jumping off the side of a tipped-over boat in Bimini Basin are renewing safety concerns about abandoned boats. WINK News has...

MW Horticulture apologizes to nearby business, denies claims of code violations

The owners of MW Horticulture have issued an apology to neighbors as the fight to put out a fire there enters its second week. Smoke...

FWC: No violations by Wooten’s during tiger bite, worker smelled of alcohol

A Wooten's Everglades Airboat Rides employee who was bitten by a tiger last month was apparently drunk when the incident happened, according to a...

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