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


Jury finds Ryan Doyon guilty of manslaughter in the 2017 death of Roy Pike

A jury found Ryan Doyon guilty of manslaughter Friday for the 2017 death of Roy A. Pike III. The jury also found Doyon guilty on...

Trial of Ryan Doyon, suspect in Cape Coral 2017 killing, nears verdict

UPDATE: Closing arguments have wrapped up in a Lee County murder trial and will go back to court 8:30 a.m. Friday when jury deliberations are...

Day 3 of second trial underway for accused killer Ryan Doyon

The second trial for an accused killer in Lee County is now underway. It is "take two" for a second-degree murder trial in Lee County...

Men on the run after Lehigh Acres armed home invasion

A group of men are on the run after they posed as police and held up a couple at gunpoint in their home and...

LCSO slashes jobs; 28-year employee among those out-of-work

"Unnecessary, redundant or easily absorbed elsewhere." Those are the words WINK News found in a memo from the Lee County Sheriff's Office outlining which...
Mugshot of Devery Thomas Moses Jr., 27. (Credit: LCSO)video

Kids are facing a rise of ‘sextortion’ crimes on Snapchat

There is a crime trend that parents and their kids need to talk about: 'sextortion.' Sitting in the Lee County Jail Tuesday night is Devery...

What you need to know before firing off those Fourth of July fireworks

Cape Coral Fire Marshal Dave Raborn and his team have been inspecting tents for the past week ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. "The...
Car stuck in the water at Fowler St. in Fort Myers. (Credit: WINK News)video

Heavy rain continues to flood Fowler St. with no long-term solution in sight

With the rainy season underway, it is only a matter of time before strong storms turn Fowler St. into a river again. The people who...

Public storage units stolen from in south Fort Myers

Lee County Sheriff's Office confirmed thieves stole from at least a dozen units at Public Storage on S Cleveland Avenue in south Fort Myers...

Jury: Man guilty of vehicular homicide in Cape Coral crash

Crash reconstruction experts for both prosecution and defense teams in a vehicular homicide case took the stand giving differing views in the case of...

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