Taylor Petras

Professional Experience:

June 2018 to present: reporter at WINK News. Previously worked at KMIZ in Columbia, Missouri as a weekend anchor and reporter.

Awards and Recognition:

Suncoast Regional Emmy Award nomination for reporting on a “Bomb Squad Search at a Home in Cape Coral.”; Two Heart of America Gold Awards from the Kansas City Press Club for a special report on “Surviving a Mass Shooting” and for several reports on human and sex trafficking in mid-Missouri.

News Philosophy: 

Be a voice for the voiceless.

Hobbies and Interests & Community Involvement

Relaxing at the beach or by the pool, working out, reading a good murder-mystery book and watching true crime documentaries. Volunteer at Gulf Coast Humane Society.


Ohio University, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

Likes best about Southwest Florida:

The heat, humidity and beaches.


Canonsburg, PA


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Rare snake, four other reptiles stolen from zoo in Bonita Springs

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Deputies conduct death investigation at apartments in Lee County

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Cape Coral teen’s UF college acceptance denied after controversial social media post

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