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!


2 arrests made during otherwise peaceful protest on Marco Island

About 100 protesters gathered Wednesday night at the Marco Island Police Department. They said they just want to be heard, and the police chief...

Protesters demonstrate in downtown Naples and at Collier courthouse

We followed protesters who began marching from the Collier County courthouse in East Naples and went into downtown Naples Monday. Law enforcement monitored the activity...

Nursing assistant fired after being accused of hitting 98-year-old woman

According to Florida Department of Health, a 98-year-old woman, who has dementia, was punched in the head twice by a nursing assistant at ManorCare...

Collier County prepares for hurricane season

Many of us remember the moment Hurricane Irma hit Southwest Florida in 2017 — trees thrashing in strong winds and heavy rain. That's on the...

Hurricane prep tax ‘holiday’ begins Friday; businesses hope to cash in

Hurricane season is less than a week away, and the sales tax holiday begins Friday so you can get ready for the next big...

Immokalee shows spike in positive coronavirus cases

Testing sites are seeing a spike in positive coronavirus cases. And one testing site in Southwest Florida in particular is reportedly seeing an uptick...

Severe weather causes damage at neighbors’ homes in parts of SWFL

Friday evening, storms damaged some homes in parts of Southwest Florida. One viewer spotted a funnel cloud along McGregor Boulevard near the Sanibel Outlets in...

Firefighters save Golden Gate Estates couple after fire surrounds home

Rescued with seconds to spare, a couple stood inside what was once a house on a lot surrounded by flames. As they inched closer,...

No mask, no service at some stores

Just days ago, two brothers were escorted out of a Target store in California for not wearing a mask, and it led to a...

FWC says fire can cause bears to move into neighborhoods

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