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


Homeless people in SWFL face risk of COVID-19 with nowhere to go

Pamela Buettner-Pickering is one of an estimated 400 people living on the streets in Lee County. "I'm trying to keep my chin up and pray...

SWFL pawnshops say they’re essential during coronavirus pandemic

Pawnshop owners in Lee County are working to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic. One owner we spoke to explains how pawnshops serve as...

Punta Gorda woman finally home from Peru

A Punta Gorda woman is happy to be home after being stuck in Peru a week longer than she expected. The passengers aboard the charter...

Lee among Fla. counties with highest death tolls from COVID-19

Lee County has the third-highest number of COVID-19 deaths in Florida counties reporting at least 100 cases. Lee has had six reported deaths due to...

Lehigh Acres community garden grows produce for pantries

Empty food shelves at local stores are a new sight for most Americans, but it has revived an idea that dates back to World...

To shut down or not to shut down, that’s the coronavirus containment question

One of the busiest places in the world is a ghost town - Times Square in New York City. It's empty because the governor ordered...

Punta Gorda woman stuck in Peru amid pandemic

A Punta Gorda woman is begging for help to get her home to her son. Fatima Diez Rives flew to Peru to see her sick...

Message to young people: ‘Please cooperate with us’ to help stop coronavirus spread

The country's top health officials are pleading with young people to heed their advice and avoid large gatherings to help stop the spread of...

SWFL cleaning businesses booming, share tips on sanitizing your home

You can't go to any business without seeing workers in masks, using spray bottles and towels to wipe away any traces of the coronavirus. "There's...

Flu vs. Coronavirus: The similarities and big differences

We've seen your emails, we've read your messages and here's what we dug up on differences between the flu and coronavirus. The symptoms are similar:...

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