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

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Two Lee County mothers lost their daughters but want different justice

While justice has been served in one case where a hit-and-run driver killed a young girl, what lies ahead for the other is still...
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Vietnam memorial replica escorted to Marco Island

A special memorial is now in Southwest Florida. The Wall That Heals is the largest replica of the Vietnam Memorial and it travels all around...

Schools across Florida continue to tighten security 2 years after Parkland shooting

Since the Parkland shooting that took the lives of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School two years ago, schools across Florida have...

Fiancée of young man in need of a kidney finds donor after spreading message...

A message born out of love spread 824 miles from Virginia to Southwest Florida through rocks. A young woman got people living across the southeast...

SWFL lawyer retires from 25-year career as NFL official

A law practice in Southwest Florida is different because one of its attorneys is also a professional NFL official whose career spans multiple decades. Attorney...
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Push by Florida lawmakers to block bill giving ‘legal rights’ to nature

There have been several efforts to give legal rights to nature in Southwest Florida. But now, some lawmakers are trying to block the movement...
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Wiggins Pass dredging poses navigation hazard for boaters

A major project in Collier County is set to finish in the next few days. Crews are dredging up sand from Wiggins Pass and...
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Signs to stop the rise of human trafficking in SWFL

Some of the most unsuspecting homes are in the quietest Southwest Florida neighborhoods and have hidden dark secrets. At one home in Lehigh Acres,...
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Check out what the Harborside Event Center will look like after renovations

The bare walls and concrete floors inside the Harborside Event Center will soon be bright and brand new. There will also be a new...

Naples ‘Care and Share’ program helps Harry Chapin feed seniors in need

Thousands of seniors in Southwest Florida need help to get their meals. A program, which is called "Care and Share," was created by the...

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