Stephanie Byrne

Professional Experience

June 2019 – Present: WINK News Video Journalist
May 2017 – May 2019: WJHG/WECP weekend anchor/producer and multimedia journalist
January 2014 – May 2017: WUFT; served in various roles including anchor, reporter, and production crew member
January 2015 – April 2016: WCJB; began as an intern and later served as an associate producer
May 2016 – August 2016: WKMG news intern

Awards & Recognition

2018 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Best Reporter (small television market)
2018 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Best Breaking News- Long Format (small television market)

News Philosophy

My goal is to objectively inform the public with the hope of teaching others something new along the way.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

I love spending time with friends and family, visiting the beach, and cheering on the Florida Gators!


Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication, University of Florida, summa cum laude

Likes best about Southwest Florida

Living on the beautiful Gulf Coast!


Jupiter, Florida


Common algae bloom in Caloosahatchee not major concern, experts say

Researchers recently spotted a different type of algae growing in the Caloosahatchee River. From appearance, onlookers might assume it's red tide, but it's not. Researchers...

Sanibel keeping an eye on water levels as climate change makes the island more...

A new report released Wednesday showed it would be too expensive to protect homes in the Keys as sea levels rise, but how does...

Researchers say seaweed could be the secret to preventing some cancers

Could the secret to preventing some cancers be under Florida waters? University of Florida scientists think if you eat a certain kind of seaweed, you...

Migrating south: Man and manatee agree, SWFL is the place to be

It's that time again when people start to migrate south for the winter. "It just started snowing up in Minnesota, so even though it's a...

Physical changes to fish species may be linked to SWFL water quality issues

A small fish could provide researchers with big clues to what’s happening in our water in Southwest Florida. The question they are trying to answer:...

Translating the Southwest Florida red tide map

It is no surprise why folks call Southwest Florida home for the holidays even with all those reports of red tide. "One of the only...

FGCU alumnus and family establish apparel company to support mangrove habitat

An FGCU alumnus and his twin brother are working to ensure an important plant species in Florida and natural environments worldwide remains thriving. The...

The Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University breaks ground on new facility

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) broke ground on the new home for The Water School Thursday morning. The 117,000-square-foot facility will be the largest academic building on...
Board announcing the future site of The Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University. (Credit: WINK News)video

FGCU, FAU get $200,000 grant for harmful algal bloom research

Florida Gulf Coast University wants to understand better how blue-green algae and red tide impact your health. To do so, The Water School at...

Courtroom filled with smiles during Collier County mass adoption event

What started off as a bleak day in Southwest Florida, ended with smiles lighting up a courtroom. "We have the honor and privilege of celebrating...

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