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


Jimmy Rodgers trial: Defense makes two requests for mistrial, both denied: Day 4

We could be seeing the groundwork laid for an appeals process in the Jimmy Rodgers trial for the murder of Dr. Teresa Sievers, if...

Investigators push for answers five years after 5-year-old’s murder

Five years ago, 5-year-old Andrew Faust Jr. was killed in a Dunbar drive-by shooting. And his killer has not been arrested. Fort Myers police say the...

Cape Coral community reacts to death investigation of 35-year-old neighbor

A bouquet of bright tulips now sits by the front door of the Cape Coral duplex where Kristine Melton's body was found. It's the center...
Bathroom Sign symbol illustration. (Credit: MGN)video

Restroom rules at Lehigh Senior High School are causing controversy

What if you could go to the bathroom, only if you had someone go with you? That is the policy at Lehigh Senior High...
Teachers at a shooting range. (Credit: WINK News)video

New law lets Hendry County teachers carry guns if they had training

A law enacted after the Parkland High School shooting in 2018 expands on Tuesday. Some teachers can now carry guns at Florida schools. Hendry...
Blake Grossi, former Lee County Sheriff's Office Deputy, elbows a 17-year-old. (Credit: WINK News)video

LCSO deputy sentenced to one-year probation after elbowing a teen

A cop who lost his cool. An elbow to the head has cost former Lee County Deputy Blake Grossi his job and on Wednesday, and...
Limping bear seen struggling to roam in Golden Gate Estates. (Credit: WINK News)video

Limping bear seen struggling to roam in Golden Gate Estates

Bear sightings aren't new in Southwest Florida. But a homeowner spotted a bear limping through a yard in his Golden Gate Estates community. Larry Greenberg...
Firefighter rescues animal. (Credit: WINK News)video

Jean struggles to contact missing family in the Bahamas after Dorian

A Dunbar man said his uncle and six other family members remain missing over two weeks after Hurricane Dorian ripped through the Bahamas. Now,...

Man in car exposed himself to 12-year-old Lehigh Acres girl as she headed home...

It's a walk Nancy Hidalgo's 12-year-old niece has made hundreds of times. "It's short, but it's still dangerous," she said. From her bus stop,...

Cape Coral to negotiate new contract with Waste Pro, neighbors split opinions

The City of Cape Coral agreed to negotiate a new contract to extend the services of Waste Pro USA, and the waste management service...

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