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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.

Education

Ohio University, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

Likes best about Southwest Florida:

The heat, humidity and beaches.

Hometown

Canonsburg, PA

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Confusion lingers for Floridians under 65 who might now be eligible for vaccine

K-12 school employees, sworn law enforcement officers and firefighters 50 years and older can start getting the coronavirus vaccine in Florida. But confusion lingers Tuesday...
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Floridians under 65 deemed ‘extremely vulnerable’ to COVID-19 eligible for vaccine

If you're a resident under 65 years old in the state of Florida, you will now want to see if you have underlying health...
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Family says 15-year-old daughter held at gunpoint during Cape Coral home robbery

Cape Coral Police Department is investigating a recently reported armed robbery at a home in Cape Coral. Family members called police after they said an...

Suspect leads police on chase from Fort Myers into North Fort Myers

A man was arrested Wednesday after authorities say he led them on a chase that started in Fort Myers and ended in North Fort...
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Governor ordering flags half-staff for Rush Limbaugh becomes political controversy

Governor DeSantis did, on Tuesday evening, order flags to be lowered to half-staff but this will only be observed at the Palm Beach County...
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15-year-old from Lehigh Acres leads Miami Beach Police on car chase

Someone led authorities on a wild chase through the streets of Miami Beach that sent people running for their lives. It turns out the...
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SWFL remembers Rush Limbaugh’s legacy, personality

The voice of American conservatism has died. Rush Limbaugh died Wednesday morning at his home in Palm Beach after a year-long battle with lung cancer. The...
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Reports of child abuse being investigated at Lee County school

An investigation is underway at a Lee County school after three students with special needs were reportedly abused by a teacher and a staff...
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Food bank says serving SWFL children is serving whole families

Almost a year since the first person in Florida tested positive for the coronavirus, many families are faced with food insecurity. Hundreds of families lined...
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Goodwill thrift stores help seniors get pre-registered with state for vaccine

A thrift store is joining in on the battle to help vaccinate seniors. More than two dozen people have been able to sign up for...

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