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!


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1 home, 1 vehicle lost in Friendship Ln. fire in Collier County; 100% contained

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Family happy for new care facility protections after mother tests positive

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Warm welcome back: Estero waitress gets $500 tip

A waitress at an Estero restaurant got a warm welcome back to work: a $500 tip! A family left Emi Tomey the big thank-you at...

Antibody tests heading to state-run testing sites

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Naples businesses glad to reopen while following Phase 1 guidelines

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St. Matthew’s House moves meal location to church in North Naples

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Collier commissioner wants expanded outdoor seating for restaurants

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