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


Cape Coral woman gets help from city after cars crash into her home

A Cape Coral woman who has had four cars crash into her home has gotten some help from the city to hopefully prevent it...

Caught on cam: Thief uses counterfeit bill at ice cream shop, steals the tips

A downtown Fort Myers ice cream shop was robbed of its tips - and that's not all. The manager of Scoops on First hopes that...

Lee County man accused of molestation may have more victims, investigators say

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying additional victims who may have been sexually assaulted at the hands of a...

SWFL congressman pushes for manatees to be back on endangered species list

Community and political leaders are sounding the alarm on the rising number of manatee deaths. On average, there have been five manatee deaths per...

Nearly 1 year later, still no answers in Cape Coral woman’s disappearance

It has been nearly a year since a Cape Coral woman disappeared, and detectives said Wednesday they're still not close to a break in...

Investigators say ‘swatting’ caller reported false shooting in Collier County

An unknown caller is accused of making a prank call to police, saying he shot his neighbors and planned to shoot more in what’s...
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Worries about algae treatment after dead fish and crabs found near Franklin Lock

Some viewers have reported seeing dead fish and crabs in and around the water at Franklin Lock. WINK News sent a crew to Franklin...

Man suspected of puppy theft in Fort Myers identified, dog recovered

A puppy that was stolen from a pet store was recovered from a home and is safe, according to FMPD. Someone stole a 9-week-old Shih...

3 Lee County shootings under investigation in 24-hour period

Three separate violent scenes broke out in a 24-hour period in Lee County. Shots were fired on a crowded beach, a man was shot...

No arrest made yet after suspect vehicle found in deadly hit-and-run

Fort Myers Police Department responded to a deadly hit-and-run crash on State Road 82 in Fort Myers near Lehigh Acres Tuesday. According to FMPD, police...

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