Professional Experience:

June 2018 to present: Anchor for WINK News This Morning. Previously worked at KMIZ in Columbia, Missouri as a weekend anchor and reporter.

Awards and Recognition:

Suncoast Regional Emmy Award nomination for reporting on a "Bomb Squad Search at a Home in Cape Coral."; Two Heart of America Gold Awards from the Kansas City Press Club for a special report on "Surviving a Mass Shooting" and for several reports on human and sex trafficking in mid-Missouri.

News Philosophy: 

Be a voice for the voiceless.

Hobbies and Interests & Community Involvement

Relaxing at the beach or by the pool, working out, reading a good murder-mystery book and watching true crime documentaries. Volunteer at Gulf Coast Humane Society.


Ohio University, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

Likes best about Southwest Florida:

The heat, humidity and beaches.


Canonsburg, PA

Firefighters, part-time residents describe rescues, repairs on Sanibel

Most of Sanibel is still unrecognizable one month after Hurricane Ian. The former vacation destination once filled with tourists and snowbirds is now awash with workers, like the firefighters who have been busy there since the first evacuations. Sanibel firefighters tried to return later the same night they evacuated the island for the storm, but […]

Project SEARCH provides opportunities for SWFL hospital interns with disabilities

Hospitals in Southwest Florida are finally getting back to normal operations after Hurricane Ian, including a group of disabled interns with Project SEARCH, who returned to work on Monday. Project SEARCH is a collaboration between Southwest Florida school districts, hospital systems and the Center for Independent Living Gulf Coast. It’s a year-long program that gives […]

Rebuild SWFL Instagram page brings young volunteers together to clean up after Ian

A group of young adults started an Instagram page to get volunteers into hard-hit communities to help clean up after Hurricane Ian, rebuilding Southwest Florida one neighborhood at a time. The group Rebuild SWFL posts clean-up sites, dates and times on its Instagram page, then people just show up. WINK News volunteers at Corky Condon’s […]

Missouri Task Force 1 continues looking for survivors in Fort Myers Beach

More than a week after Hurricane Ian washed away swaths of Southwest Florida, search and rescue teams from all over the U.S. are still combing through the ruins in places like Fort Myers Beach to find anyone who may have been left behind. “You know, the debris is phenomenal,” said Randy Sanders of Missouri Task […]

40 Under 40: Mother of 4, CEO keeping SWFL children out of foster care

One of Gulfshore Business’ 40 Under 40 nominees for 2022 is a woman whose goal goes beyond Southwest Florida, as she works to keep families together and out of the foster care system. Megan Rose, a mother of four and CEO of Better Together, knows it takes a village to raise a child “My family […]

Pet Pals: Mojo

On this week’s Pet Pals segment, WINK News anchor Taylor Petras is introduced to another of the Gulf Coast Humane Society’s adoptable dogs, Mojo. Mojo is a 6-year-old lab mix looking for a patient family to call his own. Mojo came to Gulf Coast Humane Society about a month ago. He may be shy at […]

Pet Pals: Diane

On this week’s Pet Pals segment, WINK News anchor Taylor Petras meets another adoptable dog from the Gulf Coast Humane Society, Diane. You would never know Diane was neglected before coming to the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Her tail didn’t stop wagging when she visited the WINK News studio. The 5-year-old terrier mix learned how […]

Money Monday: Making smart investments during turbulent times

Sentiment surveys, such as the American Association of Individual Investors, show some of the most pessimistic readings ever. With all of the uncertainty in the economy, should investors worry? To provide advice on investing in turbulent times, WINK News sat down with Stefan Contorno, senior vice president and partner of Touchstone Wealth Partners UBS in […]

Pet Pals: Frodo

On this week’s Pet Pals segment, WINK News anchor Taylor Petras meets another adoptable dog from the Gulf Coast Humane Society, Frodo. Super senior Frodo is looking for a quiet home to call his forever home. The 9-year-old chihuahua came to GCHS with another chihuahua who has already been adopted, so it’s time for Frodo […]

Pet Pals: Stormy

On WINK News’ weekly Pet Pals segment, anchor Taylor Petras is introduced to another adoptable dog from the Gulf Coast Humane Society, Stormy. Stormy is brand-new to the adoption floor at GCHS. The 11-year-old cattle dog mix spent his entire life in a home before being surrendered to GCHS. Stormy needs a loving home that […]