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

The woman lost by an Oregon man who traveled to Naples to advocate for the Right to Die law. (Credit: WINK News)

Oregon man treks to Naples to advocate for Right to Die law

The heated legal debate over the right to is found its way to Southwest Florida on Wednesday where people from across the state gathered...
Antonio Fuentes Sibrian, the suspect in two hit-and-run crashes. (Credit: Collier County Sheriff's Office)video

Search for driver in hit-and-run crash that destroyed a Golden Gate home

Authorities are searching for Antonio Fuentes Sibrian, 23, in connection to a hit-and-run crash that destroyed a home in Golden Gate in the middle...
Pickup rams into a home. (Credit: WINK News)video

Hit-and-run driver destroyed man’s Golden Gate home while he slept

A crash so devastating, John Martel is on the brink of desperation. "I wish it would have happened that way I wouldn't have to go...
Blake, the Scottish terrier, who was missing for 49 days. (Credit: WINK News)video

Friends search relentlessly in Lee County for their dog; 49 days later, a sweet...

Flyers, newspaper ads and social media campaigns. After 49 days of anxiety, of fear, of hoping and praying and doing everything possible to find...

Outpouring of anger after dolphin in Cape Coral found with fatal gunshot

Captain John Simoneau has a special place in his heart for dolphins. He loves the innocent, loving and harmless mammal. That is how the...

Neighbors concerned about nuisance south Fort Myers property destroyed in fire

Rats, snakes and vandalism. A once beautiful home in south Fort Myers is now a hot spot for vermin and crime after a fire destroyed...
Portion of the torn off roof. (Credit: WINK News)video

Community helps Cape Coral family fix their torn off roof

Right now, nobody knows who climbed onto the roof of a Cape Coral family's house on Tuesday, ripped it apart and left without a...
A sleepy burrowing owl. outside the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce. (Credit: WINK News)video

Six more weeks of winter predicted on Ground-Owl Day in Cape Coral

Sunday is Groundhog Day! But in Florida, we do things differently. We have Ground-Owl Day! Ground-Owl Day is a continuing Cape Coral tradition when a...
New Chico's store in Lee County. (Credit: WINK News)video

Chico’s expands in Lee County with three new stores

Chico's just opened three new stores in Southwest Florida on Wednesday. But the expansion comes at a time when so many other stores are...

American woman recalls her capture on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Elsie Ragusin Azzianro is an American woman who was captured overseas during World War II and became a prisoner of the Holocaust. She was...

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