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!


Hotels expect busy season in Southwest Florida

One of the main reasons people are coming to Southwest Florida — the beaches. And some hotels are saying they are already having their busiest...

Border protection officer arrested after road rage incident in Golden Gate Estates

Investigators in Collier County are looking into a road rage incident, and the suspect they arrested is a law enforcement officer. Wednesday, Collier County Sheriff’s...
Seal of Gulf Coast High School in Collier County. (Credit: WINK News)video

School district says pro-life club authorized at Collier County high school

A student at a high school in Collier County claims Collier County Public School and an assistant principal blocked a pro-life club from forming...
Presents around a Christmas tree. (Credit: CBS News)video

Is it too early to get into the holiday spirit? SWFL stores don’t think...

Is it too early to think about Christmas? Some of you think, "What about Thanksgiving," while others say the earlier decorations go up, the...

Tragic yet incredible video shows bears trying to help injured cub

Disturbing video shows a family of bears in Immokalee trying to help one of their own. Drivers could not believe what they saw. The...

Nearby North Naples homeowners want roadway’s speed limit increased

There is a push in North Naples to get the speed limit increased along a busy roadway. Nearby homeowners said, because the speed limit...

Fishermen hook large shark near Marco Island

Video shared with us shows the moments when a group of fishermen caught a large shark in the Gulf near Marco Island. The four fishermen...

Thousands show up to North Naples neighborhood on Halloween

Organizers say thousands showed up for one of the largest trick-or-treats in the area. We looked into how deputies keep everyone safe on Halloween for...
FILE - In this July 25, 2014 file photo, a black bear in captivity waits for visitors to throw food into his pen at the the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, Maine. Money is pouring into Maine to support - and oppose - a referendum to ban three methods of bear hunting. Both sides have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to win the November ballot question. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)video

FWC seeks feedback on its update to the FL Black Bear Management Plan

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission made an update to the Florida Black Bear Management Plan. Now, it wants your input to guide...

First responders save toddler who stopped breathing on Marco Island

A little girl’s family members are counting their blessings. She stopped breathing over the weekend, and the quick actions of her family and a...

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