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 ranked among top cities for senior health

The Mesothelioma Center ranked Naples as one of the top five best cities for seniors' health. It looked at the total population of seniors, average...

Collier County: Nuisance home in Naples Manor to be boarded up for a year

A problematic house known for drugs and loud music has been shuttered much to the relief of nearby neighbors. For more than a year and...

North Collier Fire Rescue stressing firework safety ahead of July 4th

With the Fourth of July less than a week away, it's almost guaranteed that you'll be hearing lots of fireworks very soon. But, fire...

SWFL biologists track Burmese pythons to help control the population

A large reptile species in the state is putting other Florida animals at risk, so Southwest Florida scientists are working to capture as many...

Collier County says sea turtle nests meddled with at Naples Beach

Monday, Collier County officials says four sea turtle nests were meddled with at Naples Beach. It's a crime that could land people in jail...

Suspect accused of faking documents to get driver’s licenses in North Naples

Fake documents helped a man get a real driver's license in Southwest Florida. It’s not the first time something like this has happened in...
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Road rage leads to I-75 crash in Collier County

Road rage led to a collision involving three vehicles Sunday night in Collier County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, three cars were traveling south...

Boat captain says Mylar balloons littering Marco, concerned for wildlife

Dozens of deflated balloons have been littering beaches and threatening wildlife. A fisherman on Marco Island told us he sees balloons both in the water...

Collier County to add more generators for pump stations to prevent flooding

Collier County is making sure people never have to see raw sewage on its streets again. This happened when Hurricane Irma hit Southwest Florida...

20-year-old accused of shooting couple with water bead gun in Naples

Two people were ambushed and shot in the face with water beads from a water bead gun, similar to an airsoft gun that shoots...

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