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


Fort Myers will increase Centennial Park project budget

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Cape Coral Hospital COVID-19 ICU: ‘My patients are my why’

We continue to report on the stories of health professionals at Cape Coral Hospital’s COVID-19 intensive care unit. They gave us an inside look...

Inside look: Cape Coral Hospital’s ICU explains the experience treating COVID-19 patients

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Lee Health doctors stress vaccines prevent hospitalization for COVID-19

Lee Health reports 394 COVID-19 patients being treated as of Tuesday morning, with 29 new admissions Monday. We asked Lee Health Dr. Sephanie Stovall what...

A look inside Cape Coral Hospital’s ICU treating COVID-19 patients

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Lee Health: death toll reaches more than 1,000 after 14 COVID patients died on...

More than 1,000 patients have died in Lee Health since the start of the pandemic. The hospital system reached the grisly milestone of 1,005...

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Lee County Schools must respond to DOE’s request to reverse mask mandate

We reported The School District of Lee County is under investigation over the terms of its mask mandate by Florida Department of Education. DOE...

Parental Rights: Parents oppose doctors and school leaders who want to mandate masks

Parents are continually fighting for their rights to make decisions for their children. This as many doctors and school districts suggest or even mandate...

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