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


Cape Coral residents hope for end to blue-green algae

President Donald Trump toured the Herbert Hoover Dike repairs at Lake Okeechobee Friday. People in Southwest Florida are hoping that fixes to the dike infrastructure...

Community advocates for better bus stop safety after an 8-year-old dies

The unimaginable heartache for one Cape Coral family is urging a community into action. "There should be no kids that have lost their life because...

Dangerous intersection has a big upgrade to make it safer

A Fort Myers intersection with a bad reputation now has a new, possibly safer design. Traffic signals now replace stop signs and temporary flashing lights...
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...

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