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!


Naples business hopes tourism returns sooner than State economist predicts

Businesses are trying to keep busy and hope to help their bottom line. Since the pandemic began, businesses are working to get their money...

Collier County high school project will expand Veterans Memorial Blvd

A growing Southwest Florida community is in need of a new school. With that new school will come some road changes. Collier County showed off...

Deputies respond to shots fired at community in East Naples

Collier County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of shots fired at the Santa Barbara Landings community in East Naples Wednesday night. According to CCSO, deputies...

‘Mostly Harmless’: Hiker identified as Vance Rodriguez, Collier sheriff says

"Mostly Harmless," a hiker found in the Big Cypress National Preserve has been identified after two years of speculation about who the man could...

Naples MLK Day event canceled; other SWFL observations stay scheduled

The streets of downtown Naples were filled with people celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in 2020. While it was a tough decision...

Website to schedule vaccine appointments in Collier County leaves many frustrated

Many people in Southwest Florida are frustrated over registering for a coronavirus vaccine appointment. In Collier County, those seeking vaccination sign up online for an...

Collier County man among those arrested for Capitol breach

A Collier County man was among 68 people arrested Wednesday during or following the chaotic breach of the U.S. Capitol by a mob supporting...

NCH, Lee Health making COVID-19 vaccines available, supplies limited

UPDATE Thursday, Jan. 7, 12:30 p.m.: NCH says all appointment slots for the week have been booked. More will be made available when they...

NCH books all appointments for vaccines; users report sign-up issues

All appointments for NCH vaccine distribution this week were filled by 12:10 p.m. Thursday, NCH says. Many people reported issues logging on to the website...

Trump supporters gather in Collier County

About 50 people gathered in Collier County Wednesday to support President Trump's attempt at overturning election results. They join another 80 residents from Southwest Florida...

Latest Headlines