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


Crews check areas on Sanibel for standing water that could bring mosquitoes

Hurricane Sally brought a lot of rain to Southwest Florida when it passed by as a tropical storm. A new concern due to all...

Thousands of neighbors fighting for widow of WWII fighter pilot to keep late husband’s...

A short boat ride to upper Captiva and a quick drive on the golf cart will take you to Hidden Lane where you'll find...

11 days after Hurricane Laura, people along Gulf Coast still need your help

Hurricane Laura ripped across the Lousiana coast just under two weeks ago as a Category 4 storm, with winds topping out around 150 mph....

Lee County School Board approves tentative, long-term pandemic mask policy

School District of Lee County approved a long-term emergency requirement for protective gear Tuesday. This doesn't change anything happening in schools currently, however. Still, students,...

Cape Coral uses company’s technology to help mitigate toxic algae blooms

A company could have the answer to help clean up blue green algae. It's being used in canals where the health department warned people...

FWC investigates dead alligator found without head in south Fort Myers neighborhood

A headless alligator has been rotting and floating in a Southwest Florida canal for days, and it's stinking up an entire neighborhood. Florida Fish and...

Red Cross volunteer continues to travel and help others after hurricanes

While plenty of people are fleeing the gulf ahead of Hurricane Laura, Sally Wilsey is head there to help. "It feels a gap in my...

COVID-19 downward trend makes community members hope the worst is behind us

Lee Health reports fewer new coronavirus patients by the day. It says there is plenty of personal protective equipment, ICU beds and ventilators. Community members...

2 people shot during home invasion in North Fort Myers, neighbors on edge

Lee County deputies said two people were shot during a home invasion Wednesday morning in North Fort Myers. Deputies were called just after 11 a.m....

Cape Coral senior living community brings families closer together safely

A senior living facility in Southwest Florida is looking for ways to allow community members to see their loved ones, and the state's task...

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