Taylor Smith

Professional Experience

2019 to present: Taylor is our Collier County reporter. She previously worked at WTVA in Tupelo, Mississippi as a reporter and weekend evening anchor.

While in school she interned at NBC 6 in Miami and CBS12 in West Palm Beach.

News Philosophy

To be a light in the darkness in the communities of SWFL. To give everyone a chance to tell their side of the story and be understanding of whatever they are going through.

Hobbies, Interests, & Involvement

You can find her in the sunshine, working out, tanning, traveling, or exploring in her free time!


Bachelor in Journalism and minors in Communication and Film from Florida Atlantic University!

Likes best about Southwest Florida

The sunshine ☀️

Hello, Aloha, Annyeonghaseyo, Hey Ya’ll, those are just a few of the ways Taylor has been saying hello in the different states and country’s she has lived in. Being a self-proclaimed military brat most of her life she has never had a home base!

Portion of the holiday lights at Victoria Park. (Credit:: WINK News)video

Victoria Park spreads the Christmas cheer with the best holiday lights

A North Naples neighborhood goes all out with its holiday lights and attracts hundreds of people every single night. Many make it a yearly...

Man who uses wheelchair suffers brain bleed after home health aid neglects him

A man who must use a wheelchair was left to struggle on the ground for hours. Collier County investigators say his home health aid...

Collier County deputies responding to shooting in East Naples, 1 injured

Collier County Sheriff's Office responded to a neighborhood shooting with one injured in East Naples Friday night. Deputies say the shooting happened along the 10000...

Collier deputies arrest man for stealing car from woman in nursing home

Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrested Richard Doyle Kidder, 26, for stealing a car from a Golden Gate Estates woman who lives in a nursing...

Purchases through AmazonSmile benefiting charities in SWFL

AmazonSmile allows online shoppers to pick a charity of their choice, so a percentage of the purchase will support its mission. A some charities...

Naples Salvation Army about $125,000 short of seasonal goal

The Salvation Army is in serious need of some Christmas giving right now. It is around $125,000 short with four days to go until...

Collier County investigators arrest 10 for illegal gambling at businesses

Investigators say illegal activity took place at multiple businesses in Collier County — illegal gambling. Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrested 10 suspects for being involved...

Wildlife agency concerned for Florida panthers due to state roadway proposal

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has serious concerns about the Southwest-Central Florida Connector slated to run from Collier County to Polk County. Although...

Florida ‘Python Challenge’ awards prizes for catching the big snakes

In less than a month, The Florida Python Challenge 2020 Python Bowl gets underway, so we wanted to know what it takes to become...

1 dead in Alligator Alley crash in Collier

Florida Highway Patrol responded to a fatal crash that caused a large traffic backup along the Alligator Alley portion of southbound I-75 in Collier...

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