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


LCSO Sgt. Richard Castellon aims to create safer communities with Deputy Dogs program

All this week, we've introduced you to five finalists for Lee County Officer of the Year, and Saturday night, we will learn who wins...

Lieutenant Roger Valdivia a finalist for Officer of The Year

Lieutenant Roger Valdivia with the Fort Myers Police Department is a finalist for this year's Officer of the Year award. The 22-year veteran of the...
Officer Donna Aiossa-McNally. (Credit: WINK News)video

Buckingham Exceptional SRO offers food pantry for students in need

From patrolling the halls, to stocking the shelves, School Resource Officer Donna Aiossa-McNally does more than keep students at Buckingham Exceptional Student Center safe. She...

At least one other officer knew about undercover video in J. Rodriguez case

Undercover video from a 2013 prostitution sting never mentioned in an official police report—that's according to an FDLE arrest warrant for Fort Myers Police...
Lee County Port Authority Officer Sean Adams. (Credit: WINK News)video

Lee County Port Authority officer reunites family members from across the world

Among the hustle and bustle at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), Lee County Port Authority Officer Sean Adams has met some interesting people, like...
Finalist for Lee County Officer of the Year turns sick kids into superheroes. (Credit: WINK Newsvideo

Finalist for Lee County Officer of the Year turns sick kids into superheroes

Sheriff's Deputy Michael Elkady fights crime and puts bad guys away. But, he also hangs up his badge and gun to transform into a...
Beachgoers on Fort Myers Beach during Labor Day weekend. (Credit: WINK News)video

Far from Dorian, people enjoy Labor Day weekend on Fort Myers Beach

Farther north, wind and cloudy skies are also driving people indoors on Fort Myers Beach. But that was not the case a couple of...

Hotels in Collier County expect to be booked for Dorian

Hotels across Southwest Florida are preparing to receive those evacuating from the east coast of the state to escape impacts from Hurricane Dorian. Hotels off...
Sign asking buyers to follow a quantity limit on certain supplies. (Credit: WINK News)video

SWFL residents left with hurricane fatigue, no longer under Dorian’s cone

Many of you have spent a lot of time, money and energy to prepare for Hurricane Dorian, only to see Southwest Florida spared from...
People in SWFL prepare for Hurricane Dorian (WINK News)video

SWFL residents preparing for Hurricane Dorian impacts

The calm before the storm. More and more people in SWFL are getting ready for Hurricane Dorian. From the most seasoned hurricane veterans like Juan Matos... "I...

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