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


Mark Sievers trial: Long jury selection process continues: Day 5

After a long day of jury selection on Friday, ending at 9:35 p.m., the process continues on Monday as the list of possible jurors...

Ohio activists support ‘Caloosahatchee Bill of Rights’ initiative

We shared previous reports about activists working to allow voters to decide if the Caloosahatchee River will have its own bill of rights, ensuring...

Florida families sue makers of ‘Banana Boat’ sunscreen that left kids with blisters, burns

Huge blisters, raw, exposed skin and dark, burn spots. Three Florida families say the sunscreen that is supposed to protect their children caused these...

Bikers, downtown businesses fight to bring back Bike Nights

This weekend, Chuck Debono is keeping his motorcycle parked at home. "Let's wait and see what happens and what they decide to do because they...

Some business owners want bike night back in downtown Fort Myers

There is a last-ditch effort underway to restore the roar of bike night in downtown Fort Myers. A small business owner started a petition...
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West End at City Walk breaks ground without $10.5 million in tax incentives

Crews are clearing the way for $90 million worth of apartments. Realtor Kynse Leigh Agles said the location is perfect for the new West...
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Why do we still set our clocks back in Florida?

It is that time of the year again. You have to set your clocks back an hour on Sunday. That means it is going...

Strangers show up at Lehigh family’s home twice in a week

A woman was caught on a Lehigh Acres family’s home surveillance camera banging on their front door in the middle of the night recently. We...

Jimmy Rodgers trial: Defense makes two requests for mistrial, both denied: Day 4

We could be seeing the groundwork laid for an appeals process in the Jimmy Rodgers trial for the murder of Dr. Teresa Sievers, if...

Investigators push for answers five years after 5-year-old’s murder

Five years ago, 5-year-old Andrew Faust Jr. was killed in a Dunbar drive-by shooting. And his killer has not been arrested. Fort Myers police say the...

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