Taylor Petras

Professional Experience:

June 2018 to present: Anchor for WINK News This Morning. 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


Money Monday: March 22 jobs report

On Friday. the Department of Labor released its widely anticipated jobs report. Here to help us interpret this report is Stefan Contorno,  senior vice...

BBQ, Bands & Brew fundraiser in downtown Fort Myers Saturday

Saturday is BBQ, Bands & Brew at Centennial Park, located at 2000 W. First St. in downtown Fort Myers. The event, which will feature...

Golisano Children’s Museum 10th anniversary

On the last week of March, the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples, located at 15080 Livingston Road, celebrated its 10th anniversary. WINK News anchor Taylor...

Pet Pals: Alani

Alani, a 5.5-year-old terrier mix, has been patiently waiting at Gulf Coast Humane Society for her forever home for four months. She came to...

Pet Pals: Bear

Are you looking for a real-life Teddy Bear to snuggle at home? Look no further than 8-year-old Bear! He's a mixed breed dog available...

TeleCPR training bill heads to governor’s desk

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Retired firefighter pushes to amend law requiring CPR training in Florida schools

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Able Academy helps child with autism flourish

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Able Academy in Naples helps diagnose boy with autism at 4 years old

Helping nearly 300,000 children since it started, the Naples Winter Wine Festival begins on Friday. The foundation behind it is refocusing on education, not...

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