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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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nikki@barrietoday.com

Recent Work by Nikki

'Pretty impressive': County celebrates forest's 100-year legacy

'Pretty impressive': County celebrates forest's 100-year legacy

'If we were gathered in this spot 100 years ago, we’d be looking at a very different landscape,' says county forester
Mom pens children's book to help teach kindness, self-acceptance

Mom pens children's book to help teach kindness, self-acceptance

Barrie author says daughter had three hip surgeries since she was 18 months old 'and that has just changed my perspective on life'
'Shocking and horrible tragedy': Six young people die in crash

'Shocking and horrible tragedy': Six young people die in crash

'As a parent myself this is the worst nightmare. The six families in our city who are devastated this morning need all of our compassion and support, Barrie,' says mayor
No school-bus driver shortage expected this year

No school-bus driver shortage expected this year

'We have confirmed with our school vehicle operators that they have drivers assigned to every route and there are (also) a number of spare drivers,' says Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium CEO
Former Barrie officer files $2.5M lawsuit against city police

Former Barrie officer files $2.5M lawsuit against city police

Nicole Hankin files statement of claim seeking $2 million in damages for 'malicious prosecution and negligent investigation,' $500,000 for 'aggravated, moral and punitive damages,' as well as the court costs
History group hopes to reconnect through upcoming conference

History group hopes to reconnect through upcoming conference

'Our keynote speaker Dave Patterson is certainly a big selling point for us. His approach is somewhat controversial, I understand, but the subject is dispelling the myths of 1492,' says organizer
'Pretty disgusting': Boys charged following daycare vandalism

'Pretty disgusting': Boys charged following daycare vandalism

Barrie police say suspects, aged 12 and 13, defecated and urinated on play structures at Mapleview West facility
New residential women's treatment facility to open this fall

New residential women's treatment facility to open this fall

Facility will be the first community treatment centre for women in Simcoe County and will offer 10 residential program beds and three transitional beds
'Radio silence': Ever After ticket-holders waiting on refunds

'Radio silence': Ever After ticket-holders waiting on refunds

'There has been absolutely zero communication from the festival whatsoever, and I’m not getting my hopes up for that to change,' says dismayed London man
Health unit reports 11 more COVID-related deaths

Health unit reports 11 more COVID-related deaths

Since the pandemic began, local health unit has confirmed 47,958 cases of COVID-19 with 529 of those cases ending in death