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:

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 and My Autism Connection, Inc.


Ohio University, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

Likes best about Southwest Florida:

The heat, humidity and beaches.


Canonsburg, PA


Cape Coral woman’s bank account drained after check is swiped from the mail

A Cape Coral woman says someone wiped out her checking account. She thinks, somehow someone got a hold of a check she mailed and...

Beware of scam offering to send you a copy of your property deed for...

Cape Coral police are warning residents of a scam being mailed to people offering to mail residents a copy of their home deed for...

Judge appears skeptical of the Sievers’ witness list

How many witnesses are too many? On Tuesday, Judge Bruce Kyle heard five motions from Mark Sievers' attorney as well as from the state. It...
Scene where the suspect may have sprayed pepper spray. (Credit: WINK News)video

State Attorney drops pepper spray charges against 14-year-old girl

Jayden Bonitatis, 9 years old, ended her school dance on a stretcher. She and nine other students went to the hospital. It was a...

Failing septic tanks let human waste into Lee County waterways

The City of Cape Coral’s Utilities Extension Project costs homeowners thousands of dollars and causes headaches because of the mess. But the switch from...
Dr. Teresa Sievers. (Credit: WINK News)video

Attorney’s in Sievers murder trial seek extensive background checks of jurors

Lawyers for two men on trial for Dr. Teresa Sievers' murder want to know everything about you before you even step in the courtroom....
Lee County ceremony honors the lives of fallen law enforcement. (Credit: WINK News)video

Lee County ceremony honors the lives of fallen law enforcement

Remembering those who paid the ultimate price. Tuesday's ceremony honored 20 law enforcement officers from Southwest Florida. But some of those emotions are still...

Cape Coral to cement plan for benches at bus stops

A city has proposed a plan to meet the crucial need for overall bus stop safety around the city where children wait to go...

Judge orders Cape Coral man mental evaluation after bomb threat

There are still many questions surrounding what motivated a man in Cape Coral to threaten a judge. A judge ordered William Seyfried to have a...
Mugshot of William Daniel Seyfried. (Credit: LCSO)video

Bail set at $465K for Cape Coral man accused of threatening a judge

A Cape Coral man accused of making threats towards a judge and leading police on a chase made his first appearance in court Wednesday. Bail...

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