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.


Ohio University, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

Likes best about Southwest Florida:

The heat, humidity and beaches.


Canonsburg, PA


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Project SEARCH provides opportunities for SWFL hospital interns with disabilities

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Rebuild SWFL Instagram page brings young volunteers together to clean up after Ian

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Missouri Task Force 1 continues looking for survivors in Fort Myers Beach

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40 Under 40: Mother of 4, CEO keeping SWFL children out of foster care

One of Gulfshore Business' 40 Under 40 nominees for 2022 is a woman whose goal goes beyond Southwest Florida, as she works to keep...

Pet Pals: Mojo

On this week's Pet Pals segment, WINK News anchor Taylor Petras is introduced to another of the Gulf Coast Humane Society's adoptable dogs, Mojo. Mojo...

Pet Pals: Diane

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