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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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Recent Work by Nikki

'Really exciting': Student-led event a sweet success at Georgian

'Really exciting': Student-led event a sweet success at Georgian

'It’s been a hit. There’s been a lot of foot traffic coming through the vendor market and the breakfast was very busy,' said student organizer of fundraiser
'Great impact': Defibrillator program a lifesaver for 51 people

'Great impact': Defibrillator program a lifesaver for 51 people

'That’s 51 people walking around when the odds were against them,' says paramedic official of life-saving program
'Quite shocked': County reports $128K surplus in year-end report

'Quite shocked': County reports $128K surplus in year-end report

'It’s as close to zero as I’d like to get without going under. It was a fantastic result in terms of that,' says county official
Total solar eclipse 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity, says prof

Total solar eclipse 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity, says prof

If witnessing total solar eclipse is on bucket list, it's worth the drive to Hamilton, says Lakehead astronomy professor
Inflation blamed for $217M price tag for county housing project

Inflation blamed for $217M price tag for county housing project

'Even a one per cent increase on a project this size is $2 million a year,' says county official, noting for Orillia project, county was able to 'mass order' material prior to peak inflation
Cheers! LCBO poised to uncork new store at Park Place

Cheers! LCBO poised to uncork new store at Park Place

South-end location scheduled to have soft opening March 25 and store will include more than 1,500 brands
Funding for expansion of Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin 'absolutely amazing'

Funding for expansion of Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin 'absolutely amazing'

'I am so thrilled about it because that type of investment, to me, signals the ministry’s acknowledgement and recognition that health is holistic in approach,' says official
'Creepy' Shanty Bay mansion plays key role in new horror movie

'Creepy' Shanty Bay mansion plays key role in new horror movie

'We went and explored it and I fell in love with it,' Campton Manor director says of Oro-Medonte Township home, which once belonged to Titanic survivor
Play It Again Sports brings 'affordability' with return to area

Play It Again Sports brings 'affordability' with return to area

'The business model … is very unique ... where we can offer working families, better prices, better product and affordability, which is what everybody wants,' says owner
'Disturbing': Fraudsters spoof area man's cellphone, steal $15K

'Disturbing': Fraudsters spoof area man's cellphone, steal $15K

'This money is probably gone and never to be seen again,' says police official following incident on Tuesday
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