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


Coronavirus precautions create uncertainty for young people in SWFL

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Spring breakers, beachgoers not fazed by coronavirus threat

Despite stern coronavirus warnings, Southwest Florida beaches are packed. We found large crowds on Tuesday even though counties are declaring states of emergency and President...

SWFL poll workers concerned about health on election day

With the Florida primary just hours away, some poll workers we spoke to in Southwest Florida are worried about contracting coronavirus (COVID-19) Monday. “There's no...

What social distancing is and how it has helped us in the past

You've probably heard lots of people throw around the phrase social distancing. But what is it? And can it help slow the spread of...

Downtown Fort Myers shop owner says coronavirus fears bad for business

The coronavirus is having an economic impact on cities throughout the U.S. While some businesses are seeing a boom, others are empty. We spoke...

Animal rights group works to rescue neglected dogs in Collier County

In Collier County, it’s illegal to keep dogs confined outdoors, whether it’s chained to a box or stuck inside a cage. But that’s exactly...

Coronavirus in SWFL: Churches and other public gathering places taking necessary precautions to fight...

With one death and now two other presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in Southwest Florida, the Lee County community and health leaders gathered to...

Cape Coral gas station found with skimmers was in city compliance; what you can...

The owner of one Cape Coral gas station is facing a hefty fine after credit card skimmers were found in half of the gas...

Flamingo Half Marathon to start in Fort Myers

On your mark, get set, go! In just about 30 minutes, hundreds of runners are expected to take the streets for the 2nd Annual Lazy...

‘A Breath of Hope’ Lung Run/Walk aims to raise awareness, funds for those fighting...

Making an impact one stride at a time. On Saturday, you can join hundreds of others at Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers to support...

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