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!


Some elementary students set to attend in-class summer school in Collier County

Some students in Southwest Florida will be back in the classroom for summer school, but some wonder if it’s too soon. A mother we spoke...

Naples mayor says city will consider mask mandate amid rise in COVID-19 cases

You might have to wear your mask while walking around Naples streets if the city decides to enforce a mask mandate. Local doctors are...

Expert says prevention everyone’s responsibility despite larger amount certain age group

We know more seniors are hospitalized or die from the coronavirus than other age groups, but the Florida Department of Health says seniors not...

Shy Wolf Sanctuary eyes move to 17-acre property after many years

Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Collier County is getting ready to move to its location after it hoped to expand for many years. On top of...

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

Alfie Oakes, the owner of Oakes Farms and Seed to Table, posted controversial statements on social media, calling Black Lives Matter protests and the...

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...

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