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


Florida lawmaker files bill requiring mental evaluation for concealed carry permits

Guns and mental health are two hot topics that get combined lately. And a Florida lawmaker is proposing a new law that would require...
Gunk of red drift algae on Bowman Beach in Sanibel Island. (Credit: WINK News)video

Hurricane Dorian brings chunks of red drift algae to Sanibel Island

Hurricane Dorian may not have come close to Southwest Florida, but its impact is showing up on Sanibel Island. Visitors said they did not...

Some relaxing, some continue preparing for Dorian Labor Day weekend

Southwest Florida has been completely outside Hurricane Dorian’s forecast cone for roughly two days Sunday night, but we are still talking to neighbors, asking...

East coast evacuees on Fort Myers Beach waiting out Dorian

A lot of people from the east coast of the state are not waiting to find out where Hurricane Dorian will end up, so...

Neighbors concerned about construction debris at south Fort Myers home

People in Southwest Florida are worried sharp, potentially dangerous construction debris won't be cleaned up before Hurricane Dorian makes projected landfall. Neighbors say no one...
FedEx truck makes a delivery. (Credit: CBS News)video

Fort Myers woman uses online delivery to skip long Hurricane Dorian lines

You've seen them at the last big storm: long lines as people wait to get supplies and products flying off the shelves. But thanks...

Utility crews dig up Whiskey Creek backyard searching for shock source

Utility crews: slinging mud, digging up dirt -- all to get the bottom of what recently shocked David Oliver in his own backyard. "It jolts...
Anne hand delivers reflectors to protect SWFL kids walking to bus stops. (Credit: WINK News)video

Anne hand delivers reflectors to protect SWFL kids walking to bus stops

Every time Anne Sterling gets behind the wheel, she stays focused on the road and her surroundings. "I have post-concussion syndrome," Anne said. "It's from...
David Oliver gestures to the area where his backyard started smoking. (WINK)video

Whiskey Creek couple wants answers after shock by live underground wires

A dangerous mistake by Florida Power and Light (FPL) caused steam to spew out of a Whiskey Creek couple's backyard. Workers went by to...

Suspect arrested for shooting at Charlotte County nightclub

The suspect involved in the early morning shooting at a Charlotte County nightclub has been arrested. Lee County Sheriff's Office arrested Gary Allen Potter II,...