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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
Motorcycle club hits the open road for service dogs

Motorcycle club hits the open road for service dogs

'The Samsara Saints all have huge hearts and the fact that they raised over $14,000 for COPE Service Dogs… we were blown away,' says organization official
Six young people die in Barrie crash

Six young people die in Barrie 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
Barrie Fair returns following two-year hiatus

Barrie Fair returns following two-year hiatus

Popular event, which is celebrating its 169th year, kicked off today at noon at the Essa Agriplex near Thornton
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 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
Cornerstone eyes October opening for women's treatment facility

Cornerstone eyes October opening for women's treatment facility

'The idea is to get everything in, set up and ready to rock and roll and start doing the assessments with clients coming in mid-October,' says official
Barrie MP sees housing crisis up close during trip to Far North

Barrie MP sees housing crisis up close during trip to Far North

'We always see and hear about the north... and now I have a much better understanding of the north, what their needs are and their living conditions,' says Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MP, calling it 'a tremendous learning experience'
Full house: Barrie woman opens home to refugee family of 13

Full house: Barrie woman opens home to refugee family of 13

'I never once thought about how we were going to feed them, or about money. I always felt it would work out,' says Barrie woman who welcomed family of 13 refugees