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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

COLUMN: Cuts to local media affect us all

COLUMN: Cuts to local media affect us all

'Having multiple news agencies ... helps make us all not only better at what we do, but also better informed,' writes reporter Nikki Cole
Barrie couple's love story began when she swallowed a fly

Barrie couple's love story began when she swallowed a fly

Georgienne and Havelock Rhynold met in 1952 and had first date at Orillia Fair; they soon found humour was their mutual bond
'Viable career': Georgian event aims to attract young women to trades

'Viable career': Georgian event aims to attract young women to trades

'It’s chemistry but with tools. It’s science but with tools. It combines all of the things I really love,' says Georgian graduate
Boosted poverty prevention funding targets county's 'priority' areas

Boosted poverty prevention funding targets county's 'priority' areas

'If we are addressing homelessness and preventing homelessness right at the source, then we are alleviating a lot of problems moving forward,' says Orillia councillor
Trailblazers: Skating loop opens at county museum (VIDEO)

Trailblazers: Skating loop opens at county museum (VIDEO)

'It’s a really pretty skate,' staffer says of approximately one-kilometre outdoor trail through museum grounds in Midhurst
'Beautiful person': Today's Special host, former Barrie teacher mourned

'Beautiful person': Today's Special host, former Barrie teacher mourned

Nerene Virgin became 'one of Ontario and Canada’s best role models,' says former Steele Street student
Barrie mom pushing to increase leave benefits for parents of multiples

Barrie mom pushing to increase leave benefits for parents of multiples

'The first three to five months are indescribably challenging with multiples,' says mother of twins, who is pushing for change
Lost letters from Korean War find way back home to Barrie family

Lost letters from Korean War find way back home to Barrie family

Cpl. Wycliffe Leslie Presley was killed in action, but Cornwall-area woman hopes mementos will be cherished by his daughter
'Renaissance man': Friends, family mourn longtime Barrie judge

'Renaissance man': Friends, family mourn longtime Barrie judge

'On the one side, he’s this incredibly intelligent, driven man of character who is just so interesting and proper, and on the other side, was this fun loving, free spirit who was the life of the party,' says daughter of late Roland Harris
Regional governance review could offer chance to 'fix the flaws'

Regional governance review could offer chance to 'fix the flaws'

'We are all in different places with growth. It has come fast and furious and we are all trying to get ready for it,' says Severn deputy mayor
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