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!


Trump supporters gather in Collier County

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22 Publix stores to offer COVID-19 vaccinations

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COVID-19 testing at Collier County test sites becomes limited week of Jan 4

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RSW, airports statewide experience flight delays

There were numerous delays in and out of Southwest Florida International Airport Monday. Some flights were delayed for several hours. We asked RSW why so...

Effects of red tide noticed on Marco Island, high concentrations present in Collier County

Rows of dead fish were visible on a popular Southwest Florida beach to start the new year. Red tide is up and down the...

Man arrested for exposing himself to jogger while driving around Naples

Technology helped nab a man who is accused of exposing himself to a jogger. Monday, Naples Police Department arrested Michael McLean for exposing himself. Police...

Marco Island cancer patient inspires group’s new treatment research

A Southwest Florida woman inspired new research to help other people with the disease. Researchers are looking at a brand-new medical food that could increase...

Red tide continues up and down SWFL coast, some improvements in Collier County

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Florida bill would require daily moment of silence in public schools

A brand-new bill in the Florida Senate would require schools to offer a moment of silence at the beginning of each school day. MORE: SB-282...

NCH buys Naples Daily News building in North Naples

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