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


Deputies conduct death investigation at apartments in Lee County

Lee County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that two people found dead in a Fort Myers apartment died by murder-suicide. It happened Wednesday at an apartment...

Cape Coral teen’s UF college acceptance denied after controversial social media post

The University of Florida says it's not tolerating racism in any form. And it cost a Cape Coral teenager her shot at at least...

SWFL dog owner says possible serious side effects from flea/tick medication

A Southwest Florida pet owner has a warning for others about possible side effects from a popular flea and tick medication. The local dog...

Sanibel temporarily bans alcohol on city-owned beaches

Drinking with friends on Sanibel beaches may be a thing of the past - at least temporarily. Starting this weekend, you will not be permitted...

Robert E. Lee bust shouldn’t return to downtown Fort Myers, local NAACP says

A controversial statue has been removed from downtown Fort Myers for safety reasons ahead of a protest planned for Tuesday evening. The bust of Confederate...

Cape Coral city leaders discuss changes to noise ordinance

The Cape Coral City Council is discussing more possible revisions to the city's noise ordinance at Monday's meeting. With many businesses closed, it was a...

DOH removes residents from East Naples nursing facility with dozens of COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health said Wednesday that residents are being moved out of ManorCare Nursing & Rehabilitation Center-Naples. We know 11 people have died...

Space Coast hopes manned SpaceX launch will help jump-start economy

For the first time since 2011, American astronauts will blast off from U.S. soil. Florida's Space Coast company is officially ready for liftoff. After falling...
Red, White and Boom fireworks. (Credit: WINK News)video

Cape Coral’s Red, White & Boom July 4 celebration postponed until Labor Day

COVID-19 has impacted jobs, businesses and events worldwide. Now, you can add Cape Coral's huge Independence Day celebration to the list. Cape Coral city leaders...

Getting early hurricane supplies imperative during pandemic

Shelves are wiped out week after week, forcing limits on the number of items you can buy at a time when Southwest Florida is...

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