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


Judge sets October date for Teresa Sievers murder trial

The judge has set a date for the start of the Teresa Sievers murder trial. Mark Sievers is the man accused orchestrating the of...
Near the site of where the dog was found in bad conditions. (Credit: WINK News)video

Lawn service worker finds dog malnourished with lacerations to genitalia

You will hear and see plenty of dogs in a Cape Coral neighborhood. "I have a dog myself," Greg Kleist said. "I would never in...
Mugshot of Luuly Quang, 62. (Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office)video

Authorities remove more than 40 puppies, cats from a Lehigh Acres home

An animal neglect bust in Lehigh Acres. Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies confirm dozens of pets living in poor conditions in a Lehigh Acres home....

Proposed Cape Coral noise fines could cost you up to $500

If the music in your car is too loud or you’re throwing a party, you may get cited for being too noisy. Believe it...

Concerned citizens fight for rights of Caloosahatchee River

The Caloosahatchee River is essential to Southwest Florida, helping bring water across our area. A group wants to give the water body rights, so...
Billboard of Margie McGee, who died 43-years ago. (Credit: WINK News)video

New billboard shows victim’s photo in 43-year-old cold case

A mother on her way to the bank never returned home. Now, investigators hope a billboard in Fort Myers will help crack the 43-year-old...
Officers honor the fallen hero. (Credit: WINK News)video

Community comes together to honor a fallen hero

On Wednesday, family friends and fellow law enforcement said goodbye to Captain Joe Johnson – honoring the fallen hero. The Seminole Police officer died last...
Cape Coral bar restaurant plans.video

New four-story building would feature first-of-its-kind rooftop bar

A change may soon be coming to the Downtown Cape Coral skyline. An empty lot on Cape Coral Pkwy could be the site for a...

Driver in Cape Coral crash could be connected to robbery

We learned the driver involved in a crash that caused delays for morning commuters in Cape Coral ran away from the scene. Cape Coral Police...

FGCU forensic studies students get hands-on experience in Pasco County

An FGCU professor is putting her forensic studies students through real-life scenarios. Her students are working at the site of a rubble pile at Pasco...

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