Many Southwest Floridians know Rob Spicker as the anchor on WINK News This Morning. To his wife, Angie, and their son Blake, daughter Rylie (13-year-old twins), and son Reid, 6, he is a wonderful husband and father. Spicker, a San Francisco Bay area native, knew from age 17 that he wanted to anchor the news. Interestingly, when he began his career in Texas, he says he was asked to be the anchor on his first day. After anchor jobs in other cities, the newsman and his family made what they say is their best move ever, to Southwest Florida. While attending community events is part of the job, Spicker also strives to personally make a difference in people’s lives. Some examples: He has mentored a student for Take Stock in Children for five years, hosted the Collier and Lee County Walks for the American Heart Association, read with children at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival, and modeled for the Candlelighters Annual Fashion show raising money for local children with cancer.
Spicker with Timber (left) and Jumanji (opposite page), part of the zoo’s bachelor herd of giraffe
“I feel incredibly lucky to meet great people doing great things all around Southwest Florida. It is the reason I love my job so much.”
Super-power wish: To be able to fly to avoid all the traffic during season.
What he can’t live without: Publix chocolate chip cookies.
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Photography by Vanessa Rogers
Shot on location with animals from Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Grooming by Philip Douglas and Kim Zimmerman