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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.

Recent Work by Nikki

County provides funding to support child, youth mental health program

County provides funding to support child, youth mental health program

'The county didn’t flinch when it came to giving money to the hospitals to make sure we were fair right across the county,' says Oro-Medonte mayor
Barrie family 'devastated' after thieves steal dog <b>(4 photos)</b>

Barrie family 'devastated' after thieves steal dog (4 photos)

Police official says Orwell Crescent neighbour tried to intervene, but was dragged by the getaway vehicle, a black Honda Civic
Shanty Bay teen hopes to ensure veterans' stories are not forgotten

Shanty Bay teen hopes to ensure veterans' stories are not forgotten

'I wanted to interview the living ones so that I could capture what they went through,' Jaxon Hekkenberg says of his ongoing project
<b>COLUMN:</b> A pet for a Christmas present? It's a big commitment!

COLUMN: A pet for a Christmas present? It's a big commitment!

Reporter has always been a dog person, but hopes people don't make rash decisions over the holidays to bring a pet home
Volunteers feel 'relief and excitement' after saving local camp

Volunteers feel 'relief and excitement' after saving local camp

'We are looking forward to a whole new and different chapter for the camp now,' says club president of successful effort to save former Girl Guide camp
Legion ensures Oro-Medonte soldier, killed in Afghanistan, is not forgotten <b>(5 photos)</b>

Legion ensures Oro-Medonte soldier, killed in Afghanistan, is not forgotten (5 photos)

'Kevin made the ultimate sacrifice and believed in what he was doing. The least we can do for one of our own is to remember him,' says Legion official
Mom hopes canine friend will provide 'glimmer of hope' amid daughter's mental-health struggles

Mom hopes canine friend will provide 'glimmer of hope' amid daughter's mental-health struggles

Local mother says her 12-year-old daughter would benefit greatly from psychiatric service dog; 'She wants to be a normal kid again'
RVH stands behind vaccination policy despite provincial decision

RVH stands behind vaccination policy despite provincial decision

Local employment lawyer calls Ford government's decision to not make vaccination mandatory for hospital workers an 'election stunt'
Trucking industry shines light on human trafficking through awareness campaign

Trucking industry shines light on human trafficking through awareness campaign

'If something doesn’t look right, there is reason to question it,' says officer with police human-trafficking unit
Minimum-wage hike still too low to meet 'living wage' in Simcoe County, officials say

Minimum-wage hike still too low to meet 'living wage' in Simcoe County, officials say

'Wages below ($19 an hour) are poverty wages for anyone trying to cover the costs of living here,' says official