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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

Area man sets sail to Scotland to compete in 'prestigious' regatta

Area man sets sail to Scotland to compete in 'prestigious' regatta

'There are about 250 boats … so it’s a pretty big deal,' says Adrian Allward, who's competing this weekend in the Jura Scottish Series
Merchant hopes to 'create a movement' with size-inclusive boutique

Merchant hopes to 'create a movement' with size-inclusive boutique

'Lots of happy tears. Our fitting room, I joke that it’s the energy of all the girls together in the bathroom at the bar,' says BBM Next Door owner
Dead man's family speaks out at woman's sentencing hearing

Dead man's family speaks out at woman's sentencing hearing

Midhurst resident Dominik Adamek struck by vehicle and killed in 2018; 'Part of my heart was ripped away on May 5 by Maimuna Baldeh,' says his mother
Alert issued after RVH sees sudden spike in drug poisonings

Alert issued after RVH sees sudden spike in drug poisonings

Barrie hospital had eight drug-related ER visits between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, says health unit official
County council to review governance structure, compensation

County council to review governance structure, compensation

One change that could be discussed is the possibility of a full-time warden
Region faces 'critical need' for more affordable childcare spots

Region faces 'critical need' for more affordable childcare spots

For Simcoe County to reach provincial goal of one affordable child-care space for every 2.7 children on average, it would need to add 5,295 new spaces
'Terrifying': Hospital CEO says hospitals ill-equipped to deal with growth

'Terrifying': Hospital CEO says hospitals ill-equipped to deal with growth

'When you look at the demographics and you superimpose all of the successes of modern technology ... it means we are treating more people for longer,' says official
Area mom sinks teeth into books about dental hygiene for kids

Area mom sinks teeth into books about dental hygiene for kids

'I’ve learned what a battle it is to get the kids to do this on a regular basis and see the importance of long-term health,' says Oro-Medonte author Shauna Carter
Checkmates: Simcoe County Chess Club appeals to all level of players

Checkmates: Simcoe County Chess Club appeals to all level of players

'Chess is a beautiful sport where people can use their creative skills to come up with beautiful solutions to problems,' says co-founder
'New future': Pharmacist walk-in clinic set to open in Barrie

'New future': Pharmacist walk-in clinic set to open in Barrie

'I am optimistic to see (this model) grow in other places … and I am very excited it started in Barrie,' says clinical pharmacist at new eastend location
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