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


Black Lives Matter protest in LaBelle Saturday morning honors fallen FWC officer

Nearly a month after George Floyd's death, the uproar over police brutality continues across the country. On Saturday, Southwest Florida will join in for another...

SWFL family meets one of the nurses who saved daughter’s life

A family was looking for two women who helped save their baby girl after she stopped breathing in public. We told you about Emma...

Cape Coral firefighter gets big welcome home after surviving stroke

A firefighter in Southwest Florida is proving tough people can outlast tough times. We spoke to Firefighter Todd Rigoni during his welcome home after he...

Parents search for Cape Coral nurses who saved their daughter

Paulette Alvarez and her husband were all set for their twin daughters' birthday party, but things suddenly took a turn. Alvarez said, "Emma’s lips were...

Naples church sets up drive-in Sunday service at its new community park

With the coronavirus pandemic still impacting a lot of our plans, many are having to figure out new ways to do normal activities -...

Crowds gather at Seed to Table in Collier County for protests

Two different protests were held Saturday at the Seed to Table Market in North Naples. One was organized by the store owner, Alfie Oakes, for...

Lee County School Board members respond to survey showing most teachers, parents and students...

Returning to the classroom and how can it be done? We asked you with a WINK News survey last week. Since then, your responses...

Woman meets officer who helped deliver her 40 years earlier

Forty-four years ago, Bill Eggers was a police officer in Pueblo, Colorado. One day, he stumbled upon a woman in labor in her car....

Sunday poker run to benefit Fishin Franks

A community will band together Sunday to help bring a beloved bait and tackle shop back to life. Fishin Franks in Port Charlotte was destroyed...

Collier County beaches reopen with normal hours; Naples beach opens with weekend restrictions

This is the first weekend in Collier County that county beaches and parks are returning back to normal. There's been a lot of back and...

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