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


Army corps hosting Cape Coral workshop for Lake O public input

Water managers in the state recognize the impacts Lake Okeechobee water releases have on the Caloosahatchee River and other waterways in Southwest Florida. And...

Facebook posts show suspicious gun cases for sale out of Cape Coral

You can find most things for sale on Facebook these days. And one thing for sale but against the rules of the social media...
Scene from New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. (Credit: WINK News)video

Naples man with cancer applies for 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund

Kevin McCormick worked as the sanitation supervisor at Ground Zero for months after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Now, he is suffering from stage...
Senator wants to make shelter animals official Florida state pet. (Credit: WINK News)video

Bill would make shelter animals Florida’s official state pet

You have heard of the official state animal, but have you heard of a state pet? A Florida senator wants to give shelter animals...

Fort Myers Beach man lured by romance, scammed out of nearly $1K

Looking for love came with a costly price tag for one Fort Myers Beach man. Captain John Burkay has a love for the beach and...
Mayor Randy Henderson drops off supplies to the Bahamas. (Credit: Mayor's office)video

Fort Myers mayor goes on aid flight to Bahamas after devastation

Right now, there are many people in the Bahamas in need of supplies after the devastation caused by then Hurricane Dorian. Several organizations and...

Florida lawmaker files bill requiring mental evaluation for concealed carry permits

Guns and mental health are two hot topics that get combined lately. And a Florida lawmaker is proposing a new law that would require...
Gunk of red drift algae on Bowman Beach in Sanibel Island. (Credit: WINK News)video

Hurricane Dorian brings chunks of red drift algae to Sanibel Island

Hurricane Dorian may not have come close to Southwest Florida, but its impact is showing up on Sanibel Island. Visitors said they did not...

Some relaxing, some continue preparing for Dorian Labor Day weekend

Southwest Florida has been completely outside Hurricane Dorian’s forecast cone for roughly two days Sunday night, but we are still talking to neighbors, asking...

East coast evacuees on Fort Myers Beach waiting out Dorian

A lot of people from the east coast of the state are not waiting to find out where Hurricane Dorian will end up, so...

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