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Professional Experience

2020 to present: Anchor Wink News at 4pm, 6:30 pm and 10 pm. Previously worked at KTVT-TV CBS affiliate in Dallas, TX, 2015 to 2020; KJRH-TV NBC affiliate Tulsa, OK, 2000 to 2015.

Awards & Recognition

12-time Emmy award winner, although I can only find 11 – apparently, one got lost in a move. Earned dozens of other awards from groups including the AP and Society of Professional Journalists. I have won awards in a lot of categories including investigative reporting and was named best news anchor in Oklahoma three years in a row.

News Philosophy

It's the journalist's job to put a spotlight on problems in the community and let the viewer find solutions. By exposing problems, we can make our neighborhoods, cities, and state a better place to live, work and play.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Tennis, golf, and anything outdoors. I enjoy being out in the Southwest Florida sunshine!

Education

Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism from Texas Christian University -- Go Frogs!

Likes best about Southwest Florida

The weather, my co-workers at WINK and the people!

Hometown

Dallas, TX.

66-year-old woman battling health issues gets new home in Fort Myers

A woman in desperate need of a new home is getting one, thanks to her loving and caring community. 66-year-old Nancy Jackson lost her ability to walk and has respiratory issues. On top of that, her Fort Myers home, built almost 100 years ago, had major issues. Jackson never asked for help, but Lee Builders […]

bus drivers

Remembering school bus road rules as school starts

As kids head back to school, it’s important to remember the rules of the road regarding school bus safety, as disobeying them can cost you. Passing a stopped bus can have deadly consequences, and you’ll face a hefty fine if you’re caught: As of January 2021, the penalty for failing to stop for a school […]

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Bird euthanized after being lured and hit with shovel

WINK News first told you Monday that Marco Island Police were looking for a man who hit a seagull with a shovel. Now, that seagull has died. The wildlife experts who helped care for it say the bird suffered for hours. Joanna Fitzgerald is the director of Von Arx Wildlife Hospital. “The bird was in […]

On the hunt for ghosts and paranormal activity in Southwest Florida

Just about everyone has been in a building, home, or hotel where you’ve heard strange noises or seen something unusual. As we approach Halloween, there are a lot of places in Southwest Florida where some say you can find paranormal activity. With that in mind, WINK News anchor Russ McCaskey went looking for ghosts. WATCH […]

Newly obtained court documents lay out Harns Marsh shooting plot

Just last month, two young boys were arrested for plotting a Columbine-style shooting at Harns Marsh Middle School in Lehigh Acres. Conner Pruett, 13, and Phillip Byrd, 14, were arrested and accused of plotting a school shooting at Harns Marsh. WINK New recently obtained court documents that show one of these students, Conner Pruett, used […]

How technology and investigations has changed since 9/11

The world changed forever on 9/11 twenty years ago As tragic as it was, it was also a wake-up call. Since then, there has been a revolution when it comes to how we communicate and how law enforcement fights crime. The attacks took the U.S. by surprise. It took away the country’s sense of security […]

Collier County commissioner’s ties to real estate deal questioned

Click here to read the story by our media partner Gulfshore Business magazine. A relatively small piece of land is at the center of a big vote in Collier County. It’s a real estate deal tied back to a county commissioner, but he told WINK News he won’t abstain from the vote. In the early […]

Collier County’s CRA redeveloping Bayshore area in East Naples

Call it the price of progress. When gentrification begins, longtime neighbors are pushed out of homes and neighborhoods. In Collier County, that’s the fear for some who live in the Bayshore area of Naples. There’s a question about your taxpayer dollars being used to fund the new buildings going up. Naples is known for high-end shopping, high-rise […]