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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

<b>COLUMN:</b> Consider all the factors before buying a pet as a present

COLUMN: Consider all the factors before buying a pet as a present

Reporter has always been a dog person, but hopes people don't make rush decisions over the holidays to bring a pet home if they aren't 100 per cent committed to him or her
Racial slurs, punches hurled at community advocate in downtown Barrie <b>(VIDEO)</b>

Racial slurs, punches hurled at community advocate in downtown Barrie (VIDEO)

'I am traumatized. Now I don’t feel safe and it shouldn’t be that way because we do good things,' says Shanicka Edwards, who's known throughout the city as Shak, calling incident 'pure hate'
County funding to supports regional child, youth mental health program

County funding to supports regional child, youth mental health program

'We couldn’t be doing what we are doing at RVH if we didn’t have municipal support, including the County of Simcoe,' says president and CEO
Barrie family 'devastated' after thieves steal dog <b>(4 photos)</b>

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

Barrie police official says neighbour tried to intervene, but was dragged by getaway vehicle, a black Honda Civic
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
Mother hopes furry friend will help heal daughter's mental-health struggles

Mother hopes furry friend will help heal daughter's mental-health struggles

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

RVH stands behind its vaccination policy despite provincial decision on hospital workers

GBGH fired 17 staffers for not following COVID-19 protocols, Barrie employment lawyer calls Ford government's decision to not make vaccination mandatory for hospital workers an 'election stunt'
Pumpkinpalooza ready for launch with return of post-Halloween fun

Pumpkinpalooza ready for launch with return of post-Halloween fun

New catapult designed and donated by Brian Smith of Barrie Welding and will be ready to see action during Sunday's event
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 Barrie 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

Minimum wage in Ontario expected to rise to $15 next year, but living wage in Simcoe County is around $19; 'Wages below that number are poverty wages for anyone trying to cover the costs of living here,' says Redwood Park rep