Sydney Persing

Professional Experience

June 2019 to present: Reporter, Wink News. Previously worked as an intern for Fox News Channel from 2016 – 2018.

Awards & Recognition

Placed top 10 nationally in the 2018-2019 Hearst Foundation Journalism Awards for Television News.

“Ace reporter” for Carolina Week in 2019.

News Philosophy

Always remember that not everybody thinks, feels, or sees the world the way you do, or even the way you think that they might.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Going to the beach, exercising, and thrift store shopping!


Bachelors in broadcast journalism and political science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

Getting to show my friends and family how beautiful it is when they visit!


Livingston, NJ


Sports betting could be legalized in Florida thanks to a new bill

Do you want to bet on sports legally? One Florida lawmaker is cashing in on the odds you do! He introduced a bill that would...

Holocaust survivor speaks to FGCU students on campus

A Holocaust survivor visited Florida Gulf Coast University campus to share his stories of the horrors he endured, including the murder of his two...

Controversy over pride flag at Fort Myers business garners support

Controversy has sparked in downtown Fort Myers this weekend after a restaurant was told by its landlord it could not fly a pride flag...

Carnival cruise passenger dies after falling four stories on ship

Carnival Cruise Line confirms a male passenger died recently after he fell four stories on one of its cruise ships out at sea. Among other...
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Florida senator pushes online sales tax bill for out-of-state companies

Downtown Fort Myers already looks a lot like Christmas. As our shops gear up to share and sell the holiday cheer, so are online...

Lake County declares itself ‘gun sanctuary,’ Lee County looking into it

The debate over guns in the United States continues to remain prominent on the national stage, especially after a Democrat proposed confiscating what he...

Holocaust Museum in North Naples holds ceremony for new location

It was a day of remembrance for community members, as the new location that will keep the history of the Holocaust in Southwest Florida...

Protesters in downtown Fort Myers want return of ‘Bike Night’

It’s "Bike Night" in Fort Myers is this weekend, but it’s being held outside the downtown historic district this year, which has made some...
Temple in the Colorado scare. (Credit: CBS News)video

Stepping up security at SWFL synagogues amid rising antisemitism

A man who tried to blow up a synagogue in Colorado on Monday brought back attention to the investment Temples have made in security...

Bonita Spring $4M bike path widening project to narrow vehicle lanes

Bike lanes on a Bonita Springs roadway are set to be made wider, while the vehicle lanes will become narrower. The City of Bonita Springs...

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