Taylor Petras

Professional Experience:

June 2018 to present: Anchor for WINK News This Morning. 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.

Education

Ohio University, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

Likes best about Southwest Florida:

The heat, humidity and beaches.

Hometown

Canonsburg, PA

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Pet Pals: Emeril

On this week's Pet Pals segment, WINK News anchor Taylor Petras is introduced to an adoptable dog named Emeril. Emeril is a 4-year-old lab/terrier mix...
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Woman remembers friend living on top floor of collapsed Surfside condo

One year after the deadly condominium collapse in Surfside, WINK News returned to the site of Champlain Towers South for the vigil held by...
A man remembers his grandmother, the 12th person to be recovered from the rubble of the Surfside condo collapse.video

Man remembers grandmother, 12th victim found after Surfside collapse

One year after the deadly condominium collapse in Surfside, WINK News returned to the site of Champlain Towers South for the vigil held by...
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Pet Pals: Ranger

On this weekly Pet Pal segment, WINK News anchor Taylor Petras meets another adoptable pet from the Gulf Coast Humane Society: Ranger. Ranger has been...
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Pet Pals: Bucky

In this weekly Pet Pals segment, WINK News anchor Taylor Petras is introduced to the Gulf Coast Humane Society's newest adoptable pet, Bucky. Bucky is...
The U.S. Department of Justice has tapped a retired police chief living in Naples to help investigate the law enforcement response during the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in May.video

Retired police chief living in Naples helps investigate Uvalde shooting

The U.S. Department of Justice has tapped a retired police chief living in Naples to help investigate the law enforcement response during the Robb...
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Denny Grimes: Timing in the housing market

Realtor.com released its weekly housing market update, and those numbers could influence our local housing market. Denny Grimes with Denny Grimes and team at...
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Pet Pals: Queen

On this week's Pet Pals segment, WINK News anchor Taylor Petras is introduced to adoptable dog Queen. Queen, a 2-year-old terrier mix, is a recent...
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Late ADHD diagnosis helps Southwest Florida woman find her focus in life

ADHD, a mental health disorder typically diagnosed in children, wasn't identified for one Southwest Florida woman until she was in her late 20s. Looking...
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Pet Pals: Agador Spartacus (and Princess Tanko)

On WINK News' weekly Pet Pals segment, anchor Taylor Petras is joined by Carrie Leverrett from Cat Tails and More, Inc. to show viewers...

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