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!


Collier County, business owners expect busy 2019 season in Naples

Crowds, long waits at restaurants and sounds of cash registers are music to many people’s ears as the season heats up in Southwest Florida....
Suspect in sexual assault wanted by police. (Credit: CCSO)video

Collier deputies pursue suspect in two child sexual assault incidents

Deputies are searching for a man who recently sexually assaulted two Golden Gate Estates children younger than 12-years-old. A judge issued a warrant for...
Inspirational quote on the outside of the David Lawrence Center in Naples. (Credit: WINK News)video

Increasing number of kids in SWFL with mental health problems

Thursday is World Mental Health Day. Unfortunately, there is some grim news for Southwest Florida families. Under the Baker Act, mental health evaluations of...

Naples considering new requirements for restaurant outdoor seating

The ability to eat outdoors in public year-round is just one of the attractive aspects for people living and visiting Southwest Florida. Now, the...

Two horses stolen near Ave Maria, could be connected to theft ring

Collier County investigators say two horses were stolen, and the suspects are individuals who have tried to steal several others in the area. Law...
Hundreds gathered to dance, sing and donate to the victim, Evan Dowling, and his family at the Cavo Lounge in Mercato on Friday. (Credit: WINK News)video

Vaping victim fundraiser in Naples at the Cavo Lounge

The vaping epidemic even sickened one of our own in Southwest Florida. Hundreds gathered to dance, sing and donate to a victim, Evan Dowling, and...

Sea life kills blamed on red tide continue, beachgoers, fishermen concerned

With recent reports of red tide concentrations along our shores, there are concerns conditions may continue to worsen. Our crew experienced coughing and watery eyes...

RSW says get to flights early during lane expansion project

Southwest Florida International Airport is issuing a warning so people catching flights can plan ahead while one of its projects is underway. Airport officials at...
The necklace behind the mystery. (Credit: WINK News)video

Mystery surrounds necklace found in Naples with a man’s bones

A mystery is unfolding in Naples after police found a necklace with bones. The Naples Police Dept. found the man's remains in the mangroves near...

How far would Khyler’s Law, named after slain Port Charlotte teen, apply?

Khyler Edman's Port Charlotte neighbor wants to introduce a law aimming at cracking down on habitual offenders as the man accused of killing the...

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