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Nikki Cole

Nikki attended Niagara College and graduated from its print journalism program in 2002, followed by a post-graduate certificate in corporate communications from Fanshawe College. The Pickering native headed out west and began her journalism career at Houston Today and Smithers Interior News in B.C. She returned to Ontario in 2006 and landed a job as a features writer/assistant editor in Durham Region. In the fall of 2007, she joined The Midland Mirror as a reporter until 2017, at which point she became a communications co-ordinator at Georgian Bay General Hospital, providing her more time to focus on her young family. In 2020, she began working for Dockside Publishing as a writer, which allowed her to combine her love of cottage life and the lake. A mother of two, Nikki joined the BarrieToday news team as a reporter in February 2021. She also has a 'fur baby' in the form of an 80-pound chocolate lab named Reese who thinks he’s a lap dog.

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nikki@barrietoday.com

Recent Work by Nikki

Walmart security guard pepper-sprayed in recent assault, theft

Walmart security guard pepper-sprayed in recent assault, theft

'It’s basically assault with a weapon because of the spray that was discharged,' says police official
Memorial plaque honouring fallen firefighter defaced by vandals

Memorial plaque honouring fallen firefighter defaced by vandals

Fire chief 'saddened and disappointed' that someone would damage memorial at Wilkins Park; 'We will work with our partners to restore the memorial to its honourable state'
Orillia man, steel company charged with criminal negligence

Orillia man, steel company charged with criminal negligence

Police allege the accused, who had been operating the crane at the time of the incident that killed a fellow Orillia man, was not licensed to do so
Police offer tips to ward off dreaded porch pirates at Christmas

Police offer tips to ward off dreaded porch pirates at Christmas

'That’s now two things in a row in a few weeks. Now my mind is changing about online ordering,' says Barrie woman plundered by thieves
'A bit overwhelming': Oro-Medonte veteran earns national award

'A bit overwhelming': Oro-Medonte veteran earns national award

'I really enjoy helping veterans and their families in need. I don’t do it for the recognition. I do it because it’s the right thing,' says Fern Taillefer
Meet the new boss: Johnston set to become Barrie's police chief

Meet the new boss: Johnston set to become Barrie's police chief

'We have been our own worst enemies,' concedes Chief-designate Rich Johnston who wants officers to be 'public sentinels or guardians in a society where there are expectations of us to be professional'
<b>VIDEO:</b> Locals revel in festive spirit of CP Holiday Train

VIDEO: Locals revel in festive spirit of CP Holiday Train

'We are lucky that they’re so good about us taking them to anything that they don’t care, as long as they see Christmas lights,' says Orillia mom with two young kids
Lack of local school-bus drivers fuels field-trip frustrations

Lack of local school-bus drivers fuels field-trip frustrations

'As unfortunate as it is, we must recognize that it may be a very long time before we can return to post-COVID levels of service,' says Catholic board superintendent
'All-access pass': Oro-Medonte teen enjoys legislative page role

'All-access pass': Oro-Medonte teen enjoys legislative page role

'It was nothing like I have ever done before. I made CBC and CP24 a few times in the background,' says 13-year-old
Family won't let decoration-destroying 'Grinch' ruin Christmas

Family won't let decoration-destroying 'Grinch' ruin Christmas

Anonymous donor came forward to help Christmas-loving family in Barrie with new inflatables; 'It’s not just for us, it’s for the neighbourhood'