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


Fort Myers man arrested for exploiting elderly Palm Beach County couple

A man who was arrested during a suspected hazmat situation was wanted on the east coast for exploiting the elderly. Police arrested David Del Rio,...

Cape Coral to discuss banning retail pet sales Monday

The City of Cape Coral wants to crack down on the sale of dogs and cats from sketchy breeders with a new ordinance. They say...

FMPD Sergeant Domonic Zammit a finalist for ‘Officer of the Year’

Fort Myers Police Department Sergeant Domonic Zammit didn't always have a positive view of law enforcement, and now he's doing the work to ensure...

Hazmat team and bomb squad called to Fort Myers home

Early on Thursday morning, a bomb squad and  the Fort Myers Hamat team were called to a house in a Fort Myers neighborhood about...

Hero Project restoring fallen officer’s jeep to look new again

The Jeep of a fallen police officer will recieve a make-over thanks to a local auto body shop. Officer Adam Jobber-Miller was killed in the...

FMPD Officer Emilia Lock nominated for ‘Officer of the Year’

You have to walk a mile in someone's shoes to understand their life and you'd have to walk pretty far to keep up with...

Two Fort Myers kids left in hot car for more than an hour Tuesday

Deputies arrested a man and a teenager accused of leaving children in a hot car. Hilberto Domingo Gaspar-Miguel, 27, and a 17-year-old left two children...

Sergeant Sylvester Smalls up for ‘Officer of the Year’

One Lee County deputy is using his love for hoops to help kids in Southwest Florida. Sergeant Sylvester Smalls is going beyond the call of...

Deputy Michael Truscott up for ‘Officer of the Year’

For Lee County Sheriff Deputy Michael Truscott, patroling the streets of Lehigh Acres hits home. Truscott, a finalist for 'Officer of the Year,' goes the...

CCPD K-9 Officer Stephen Scrobe up for ‘Officer of the Year’

The bond between a police officer and a K-9 animal is something special. Countless hours of training go in to making sure the two are...

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