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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Community remembers Golden Gate Estates fire two years later

With so many fires popping up in Southwest Florida, now is a great time to have a game plan for if a fire starts...

Sandy Bilsky got his kidney and it works ‘perfectly,’ thanks to lifesaving donor

We first introduced you to 79-year-old Sandy Bilsky in January 2021. Sandy needed a new kidney, and no one in his family was a...

Nonprofit group Mercy Chefs documents efforts distributing aid to war-stricken Ukrainians

Mercy Chefs, a faith-based nonprofit that distributes food in disaster zones, is documenting its current work with people trying to survive the conflict in...

Representative Demings, Democratic party leaders share how they plan to fight for Rubio’s Senate...

US Representative Val Demings made her rounds for day two of her 'affordability tour' in Southwest Florida. On Thursday, she met with people from...

Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings campaigning for Senate seat with ‘affordability tour’

Florida Congresswoman Val Demings is on a three-day tour to explain why she will be the one to make housing affordable in Florida. Demings...

Five arrested in teenage crime spree in Lee County

Five people were busted after authorities say they went on a crime spree. The violent offenses include a single-vehicle crash, a hit-and-run crash, two stolen...

Holocaust survivor understands why atrocities in Ukraine are being compared to the Holocaust

The atrocities in Ukraine are now being compared to the horrors of the Holocaust. The mayor of Mariupol, Ukraine, drew the comparison while alleging...

Englewood man, donor undergo kidney transplant surgery

Sandy Bilsky got his kidney. The Englewood man and his donor, Lori Klein, underwent surgery at Tampa General Hospital on Tuesday. Both their surgeries were...

FGCU researches studying the impact of microplastics in oysters in Estero Bay

The seafood you eat is impacted by plastic pollution. For years, scientists have known this was happening in some bodies of water. New research...

Property insurance, housing costs still plague SWFL residents

The Florida Legislative session has ended without major legislation to help Floridians who are still struggling to find real relief from rising insurance rates...

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