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


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Friends and family to gather Saturday in honor of fallen FWC officer Julian Keen

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Cypress Lake teen who died of COVID-19 was valued and beloved community member

We learned more about 17-year-old Carsyn Davis Wednesday, a Cypress Lake High School student who died of COVID-19 recently. Although WINK News has respected Davis’...

Black Lives Matter protest in LaBelle Saturday morning honors fallen FWC officer

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SWFL family meets one of the nurses who saved daughter’s life

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Parents search for Cape Coral nurses who saved their daughter

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