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


Survey: 26% of SWFL business owners believe they may have to close permanently

A study looking into how the coronavirus impacted Southwest Florida's economy shows that 26 percent of business owners believe they may have to close...

COVID-19 may have been in SWFL earlier than thought

Could the coronavirus have been in Southwest Florida prior to when the state recorded the first case? A Collier County woman believes she may have...

Cape Coral reopens Yacht Club Beach, dog parks

Cape Coral is easing restrictions at some places around the city, and the beach at the Cape Coral Yacht Club was filled with people...

Lee County restaurants take advantage of first day at 25% capacity

Excited, nervous, relieved, those are the range of emotions restaurant owners in Lee County said they felt on the first day of reopening. People in...

Man opens up about losing Naples grandfather to COVID-19

The family of a Naples grandfather who died from COVID-19 has opened up about their loss. Travis Hutchinson, 77, and his wife of 55 years...

Cape Coral driveways turned into makeshift food pantries

People in your neighborhood might be struggling during the coronavirus pandemic and you might not even know it, but two Cape Coral women are...

Retired nurse makes homemade hand salve for medical workers

Dina Viteretti likes to be busy in the kitchen. "This is the melting pot that I use to melt the oils; we just pour it...

Father helpless after 3-year-old daughter accidentally hit with lawnmower loses part of leg

Right now a little girl is at Lee Memorial Hospital recovering after officials say her dad accidentally ran her over with a riding lawnmower. It...

Cards bring smiles to long-term care facility residents

As part of a class assignment, Florida Gulf Coast University students had to write cards that were delivered to long-term care facilities across Southwest...

SWFL company helping make protective supplies for first responders, healthcare workers

A major Southwest Florida company is helping make supplies for first responders and healthcare workers to help protect them from COVID-19. We spoke to North...

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