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


Contact tracing imperative to curb spread of COVID-19

More people are reportedly testing positive for the coronavirus in the United States and in Southwest Florida. We looked at what one of our...

Lee County bus driver goes unconscious taking students to school, none hurt

It was a scary ride to school for some children in Southwest Florida after their bus driver went unconscious behind the wheel. Luckily, the...
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New Lee County commissioners sworn in, want to take action to combat COVID-19

Lee County swore in three new commissioners on Tuesday. They are eager to get right to work to curb the rise in COVID-19 cases...

Residents keep wary eye on coyotes in Cape Coral neighborhood

An abandoned golf course is attracting coyotes to one Southwest Florida neighborhood. Karen Donnelly always has her eyes peeled when she takes her dog Kazi...

The plan to get the coronavirus vaccine to Florida

Pfizer announced today that they have a promising coronavirus vaccine candidate showing 90% effectiveness. They are now on track to apply for emergency authorization...

Plasma supply running low for COVID-19 patients in SWFL

A COVID-19 survivor is pleading with you to donate your plasma if you've had the coronavirus. Lee Health is also asking for the community's...

Cow seen roaming around a Lehigh Acres neighborhood finally caught

A nuisance animal found roaming around in Lehigh Acres for a month has finally been caught. No one is allowed to have livestock in the...
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Keeping Halloween safe and fun in Southwest Florida

The pandemic is changing how we celebrate Halloween in Southwest Florida. Some people have found unique ways to get candy to kids, while others are...
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Toll road proposed to connect Polk and Collier counties is still in the early...

A 140-mile stretch of road in Southwest Florida could become a new toll road. Truckers and farmers hope this will connect Polk and Collier...
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Iconic downtown restaurant ‘The Snack House’ is getting a new home

The 1950s-style Snack House thrived from the Civil Rights era until the doors closed in the 1990s. The owners' son shares the special history...

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