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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.

Email
nikki@barrietoday.com

Recent Work by Nikki

Local nurse wades into Ukrainian war zone during aid mission

Local nurse wades into Ukrainian war zone during aid mission

'With Ukraine, I just felt this deep feeling of wrongness,' says local nurse who spent three weeks in western Ukraine with nine-member team of Canadians
Kempenfest draws excited crowds to Barrie waterfront (20 photos)

Kempenfest draws excited crowds to Barrie waterfront (20 photos)

Thousands of people flocked to Barrie's waterfront to enjoy games, rides, food and artisans for the return of Kempenfest this weekend
'Awesome vibe' as Kempenfest, live music returns (4 photos)

'Awesome vibe' as Kempenfest, live music returns (4 photos)

'It was so nice to be at a concert after COVID and to feel a sense of normalcy,' says concert goer
Health unit reports 11 more COVID-related deaths

Health unit reports 11 more COVID-related deaths

There is an active outbreak at Spencer House in Orillia, health unit officials say
First-time author pens book to help children deal with grief

First-time author pens book to help children deal with grief

'I wasn’t sure if it (grief) was talked about a lot, especially in kids' books, so I wanted to find a way to do something that had a purpose,' said local author
Discovery of tacks on area trail 'very disturbing'

Discovery of tacks on area trail 'very disturbing'

'The danger is to dogs and children,' says Barrie mom after finding nearly 100 thumbtacks placed along popular walking trail
COLUMN: Kids finally get end-of-school experience they deserve

COLUMN: Kids finally get end-of-school experience they deserve

Teachers deserve credit for toughing it out during pandemic, providing fun options for kids before summer break
Strike 3: Baseball game at sports complex turns to fisticuffs

Strike 3: Baseball game at sports complex turns to fisticuffs

'I can tell you both males were conscious (and) no charges were laid,' OPP spokesperson says regarding call to Barrie Community Sports Complex last night
School workers deliver hundreds of letters to Downey's office

School workers deliver hundreds of letters to Downey's office

'We feel we are broken and are not valued,' says CUPE Local 3987 president while at Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MPP's office
Barrie hospital, Indigenous Health Circle forge stronger bond

Barrie hospital, Indigenous Health Circle forge stronger bond

'I hope patients and staff will be able to come together and we just really want to see the culture of our Indigenous people in the hospital,' says Indigenous patient navigator