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

Woman makes an online purchase. (Credit: CBS News)video

Florida senator pushes online sales tax bill for out-of-state companies

Downtown Fort Myers already looks a lot like Christmas. As our shops gear up to share and sell the holiday cheer, so are online...

Lake County declares itself ‘gun sanctuary,’ Lee County looking into it

The debate over guns in the United States continues to remain prominent on the national stage, especially after a Democrat proposed confiscating what he...

Holocaust Museum in North Naples holds ceremony for new location

It was a day of remembrance for community members, as the new location that will keep the history of the Holocaust in Southwest Florida...

Protesters in downtown Fort Myers want return of ‘Bike Night’

It’s "Bike Night" in Fort Myers is this weekend, but it’s being held outside the downtown historic district this year, which has made some...
Temple in the Colorado scare. (Credit: CBS News)video

Stepping up security at SWFL synagogues amid rising antisemitism

A man who tried to blow up a synagogue in Colorado on Monday brought back attention to the investment Temples have made in security...

Bonita Spring $4M bike path widening project to narrow vehicle lanes

Bike lanes on a Bonita Springs roadway are set to be made wider, while the vehicle lanes will become narrower. The City of Bonita Springs...
Mugshot of Dominic Guitnao Sforza, 23. (Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office)

Accused serial groper in Lee County posts bond

A man whom investigators said grabbed women in parking lots has walked out of jail. Dominic Sforza paid his bond after a judge ordered...
Mugshot of Dominic Guitnao Sforza, 23. (Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office)video

Anonymous tip leads to arrest of serial groper in Lee County

A North Port man involved in at least four different groping attacks across Lee County was arrested on Tuesday evening. The suspect, Dominic Sforza, 23,...

Victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting honored in SWFL one year later

Sunday marks a year since 11 members of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh were shot and killed by a gunman. And in Southwest...

Two bodies discovered in a Lehigh Acres home, homicide investigation underway

Lee County Sheriff's Office conducted a death investigation at a home in Lehigh Acres Sunday. The neighborhood is southwest of the Lee Boulevard intersection with...

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