Hailey Winslow is so happy to be back in the Sunshine State after joining The Local Station in January 2011. Hailey covers most of her stories as a one-man band, meaning she handles the reporting, camera working, writing and editing herself. So if you see her out in the field and it looks like she’s talking to herself, it’s because she is.
Hailey has never enjoyed her job more than covering Football Friday on 4’s “Game of the Week” and highlighting the most spirited fan in the stands in her special segment, “Winslow’s Wild Things.”
She’s lived the life of a nomad. She was born in Houston, then bounced around Florida (Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale, then over to Tampa), and then spent five years in the rolling hills of Roswell, Ga..
Her family’s new house came with a couple of goats that her parents were told mowed the lawn, so they bought a few horses and a pot-bellied pig to keep them company.
Hailey and her older sister, Megan, started a news show at their middle school, and as far as they know, “Good Morning CMS” still airs today. But her parents missed The Swamp, so they packed up again and moved the family to Gainesville.
As an Oak Hall Eagle, Hailey built upon the skills she had learned as a competitive gymnast for 12 years to break her high school’s pole-vaulting record and become its first diver. She was involved in many school clubs and her classmates coined her Most Spirited.
Hailey received an academic scholarship to study at the University of Central Florida where she earned her broadcast journalism degree and Spanish minor. She gained valuable experience through internships with ESPN, the nationally syndicated morning show The Daily Buzz, the Orlando Predators Arena Football League, and Central Florida News 13.
Before graduation, Hailey spent a summer backpacking around Europe where she worked on her Spanish fluency, dried up her bank account, and ran with the bulls in Pamplona - twice.
Before she entered the real world, Hailey spent a summer hoisting the sails on her parents’ charter boat in the Outer Banks, scouting out dolphin on a jet boat, and hiding treasure for kids on a mock pirate ship. Deciding, however, that a pirate’s life was not for her, she accepted a position as a reporter four hours south in Wilmington, N.C. At WWAY, Hailey created and anchored the iDesk, the ABC affiliate’s first Internet/technology segment.
For the next year and a half, she raced around town with a camera slung over her shoulder, a microphone in one hand, and a tripod in the other. She chased floods, uncovered bones from the Civil War era under a golf course and spent days 40 miles offshore documenting a marine technology program at risk of losing its state funding. She shot, wrote, edited, and anchored the subsequent half-hour special and took home “best documentary” awards from the Associated Press and the Radio Television Digital News Association.
Hailey is thrilled to be back in Jacksonville, close to her aunt and uncle, and up I-95 from her sister. She spends her time off sailing, surfing, camping and traveling.
Hailey is honored to be a part of the News4Jax family and so thankful to have a job where every day is an adventure.