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

Portion of blueprints for the proposed roundabout. (Credit: WINK News)video

City of Fort Myers faces push back on its roundabout proposal

The community is divided over a roundabout project along the historic McGregor Blvd. at Virginia Ave. "I'm against the roundabout," Kay Holloway said. "Truly and simply." "We...

Lee County bomb squad members train for explosive situations

Seven members of Lee County Sheriff’s Office are part of the Southwest Florida Regional Bomb Squad. The agency serves five counties in the state’s...
Kid enjoying the food from the pantry. (Credit: WINK News)video

School resource officer helps students with special needs avoid hunger

At the end of each school week, many kids across the nation and here in Southwest Florida are not sure their next meal is...
Sheriff Carmine Marceno pets Chance. (Credit: WINK News)video

Sheriff’s office cracks down on animal abuse after dog’s mouth taped shut

A reward for information leading to the arrest of an animal abuser has increased to nearly $17,000. Since his mouth was taped shut and...

Sheriff’s office seeks further contact with Punta Gorda cold case tipster

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is seeking further contact with a recent tipster, who shared information related to the cold case of a Punta Gorda...

Fort Myers police searching for suspect in attempted abduction

Police are searching for a male suspect who tried to force a girl into his car. A Fort Myers neighborhood is on high alert...
Church congregation. (WINK News photo)video

United Methodist denies same sex marriage ban, ordain LGBT clergy

Open hearts, open minds and open doors? But how does that motto apply to a church? On Wednesday, United Methodist Church members voted to make...
Observation tower on Fort Myers Beach. (WINK News photo)video

Spring break security seeks to prevent Fort Myers Beach mischief

The crowds at Fort Myers Beach are about to get even bigger as spring break season is almost here. Thousands of college and high...

SWFL unknown substance investigations ongoing

Workers in hazmat suits are back at a MedExpress in Cape Coral Friday after people were exposed to an unknown substance the day before. On...
FMPD officers under investigation. (WINK News photo)video

Second Fort Myers Police Dept. captain under investigation

More controversy surrounding the Fort Myers Police Department command staff as another police captain is under investigation. The two officers have more than 40...

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