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!


Amazon considers Collier County for future distribution center

An Amazon distribution center is in the works for Southwest Florida. WINK News confirms Amazon wants to build a facility on the southwest corner of...

Another protest held in response to Oakes Farms’ owner’s social media posts

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Neighbors upset with flooding on Jeepers Drive in East Naples, want county intervention

Neighbors in an East Naples neighborhood on Jeepers Drive are fed up with flooding on their street. One East Naples homeowner says, every time it...

NCH doctor says vaping, COVID-19 can have very similar symptoms

The state is warning that Florida teens with coronavirus symptoms are being admitted to the hospital but end up testing negative for the virus....

Plane that went down near the Keys drifts toward SWFL, likely to stay in...

A downed plane is drifting in the Gulf toward Southwest Florida. The U.S. Navy sent us a picture and said the aircraft went down...

20-year-old Naples man memorialized after skydiving death

A memorial service was held Wednesday for a 20-year-old Naples man who died while skydiving last weekend. Justin Swaggerty died during a skydiving trip in...

Collier County designs phases to return student-athletes to the field

Collier County high school students will soon have their first workouts since the coronavirus pandemic first limited the activities they could perform at school...

Firefighters respond to boat fire at Naples Bay Resort

Naples Fire-Rescue Department responded to a boat fire at the marina at Naples Bay Resort in Naples Tuesday. According to the fire department, a 36-foot...

Protesters plan to appear at Seed To Table after owner’s controversial comments

A protest is planned at Seed to Table in Collier County Saturday. This is following some controversial comments made by Owner Alfie Oakes about...

City of Naples cancels annual July 4 fireworks display, parade

You won't see big fireworks in downtown Naples on Fourth of July. The big show is just another event canceled because of the pandemic. Naples...

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