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


Documents, images show condo from night Pamela Hutchinson was killed

Bloody clothes and personal items, a bullet hole and a murder suspect Lois Riess. Documents and images show what was found in the condo where...

‘I want action’: Cape residents demand solutions for algae problem

The fight for clean water continues. "I don't want to hear the talk," said Cape Coral resident Terri Johnson. "I want action." Cape Coral leaders demanded...

Could dead fish leave lasting impact in Saint James City?

Gene Gerov, of Saint James City, said dead fish started collecting early this morning outside his home, and it's been getting worse over the...

Leaders, lawyers react to immigration status & mental health of suspected shooter of FMPD...

Elected leaders are wondering how a man accused of shooting a Fort Myers Police Department officer was aloud to stay in the U.S. for...

Cape police officer gives home to dog found abandoned

A dog left abandoned out in the sun without food or water now has a new home with the Cape Coral police officer who...

Are septic tanks contributing to the algae problem?

Some are asking the question, are the septic tanks in our yards making the algae problem in our waterways worse? Scientists say leaking septic tanks...

Former Everglades City mayor pays bail following arrest

Former Everglades City mayor Sammy Hamilton, 84, paid his $90,000 bail Monday evening, according to the Collier County Jail. Hamilton was arrested Monday in connection...

Owners pay $1,500 to get dog back after attacking a child

The dog that attacked a child in a grocery store parking lot last May has been reunited with its owners, for a price. MORE: Pit bull...

‘Totally violated’: SWFL woman scammed by thieves posing as her bank

Scammers are going the extra mile to steal your money. A Fort Myers woman says she received a call from her bank, alerting her that...

As Cape Coral development booms, wait times for building permits increase

Many Cape Coral homeowners and construction companies say it's taking much too long to obtain the permits they need to begin construction projects. Nancy Ramos...

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