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


‘He loved his community’: Friends mourn Sam Galloway Jr.

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Teen finds forever family with his Guardian ad Litem’s daughter

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Church destroyed by fire helps community and puts own repairs on hold

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A father believes his son’s wheelchair contributed to his death in a crash

A father in Southwest Florida believes his son's death in a recent crash could have been avoided. John Sandefur's son, 21-year-old Emanuel Sandefur, was killed...

Proposed legislation would require certain college major tracks to get Bright Futures money

Proposed legislation in the state would change who is eligible for thousands of dollars in college funding for college. Every college campus is made up...

Teachers over 50 are hopeful they can receive the COVID-19 vaccine soon

Teachers have renewed energy knowing those who are 50 and over will get the COVID-19 vaccine soon. But that won't take the strain off the...

March to a Million Meals: Goal of a million meals surpassed, donations continue

An incredible difference has been made in Southwest Florida. On Monday, WINK News reached its goal of raising $400,000 that will go toward a million...
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March to a Million Meals: Wife honors husband who died by raising funds for...

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