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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Alzheimer’s awareness lights up downtown Fort Myers

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Juneteenth celebration held at Edison Mall

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Iconic Kia car salesman, philanthropist Billy Fuccillo has died

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Lee County students celebrate last day of unique school year

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Purple Heart veteran gets new, mortgage-free home in Cape Coral

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A look at whether Florida’s red flag law could have prevented deadly Publix shooting

Investigators say the gunman in the Royal Palm Beach Publix shooting posted on social media that he wanted to “kill people and children” before...

A look inside Harry Chapin Food Bank as food insecurity continues

Cameras were allowed inside of Harry Chapin Food Bank for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. Visitors have been banned from going...

Missing Lehigh Acres woman found dead, being investigated as unsuspicious

UPDATE: Lee County Sheriff's Office says it found missing woman Elena Barrabi dead Thursday, and an unsuspicious death investigation is underway. There is no further...

Small plane crashes in Big Cypress Nat’l Preserve; no apparent injuries

A small plane crashed in Big Cypress Nat'l Preserve, two miles south of Alligator Alley (I-75) near mile marker 55, on Tuesday morning. The single-engine...

Employees of Fort Myers business arrive to find bear inside

A black bear cub spotted roaming Fort Myers Tuesday morning has been tranquilized after being found sheltering inside a hurricane shutter business. A user on...

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