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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

'For us, it's like magic': Ukrainian couple trying to rebuild in Barrie after fleeing war <b>(6 photos)</b>

'For us, it's like magic': Ukrainian couple trying to rebuild in Barrie after fleeing war (6 photos)

Anna and Alex Tyrtyshna, along with their young children, find salvation in Barrie; 'When we dropped (the) children at school, everyone was welcoming. Everyone here has said, ‘Welcome to Canada' and a smile. It’s like honey'
'More reliable and faster GO train transit' coming to Barrie area, says local MPP

'More reliable and faster GO train transit' coming to Barrie area, says local MPP

'This announcement is welcome news because it’s the infrastructure and the groundwork we’ve got to start building now so that we can address growing communities like Barrie,' says Khanjin
Barrie family prepares warm welcome for Ukrainian refugees this weekend

Barrie family prepares warm welcome for Ukrainian refugees this weekend

'I have a general philosophy that if you have an opportunity to share something of very low cost to yourself and of very great benefit to someone else, then you should find a way to do it,' says Russ Jeffery
Barrie singer calls Canada's Got Talent experience 'legendary' despite inability to slay judges

Barrie singer calls Canada's Got Talent experience 'legendary' despite inability to slay judges

'Just looking back, I am pretty overwhelmed with how incredible it was just being on the stage,' says Barrie resident following TV appearance
New program looks to 'spark' innovation in local tourism industry

New program looks to 'spark' innovation in local tourism industry

'I think it’s going to be a lot of fun — and fun is important,' says Simcoe County tourism manager
'Decimated' tourism sector gets multi-million-dollar boost from feds

'Decimated' tourism sector gets multi-million-dollar boost from feds

Organization overseeing tourism in Simcoe, Grey and Bruce counties receives $7 million of $68.5-million investment across Ontario
Barrie-area group wants to bring 'dignity' to women, girls in developing countries

Barrie-area group wants to bring 'dignity' to women, girls in developing countries

'If they miss one week of school, then the next month is harder and harder,' says Days for Girls volunteer
Now in her 80s, murder victim's mom pleads for answers in unsolved case <b>(8 photos)</b>

Now in her 80s, murder victim's mom pleads for answers in unsolved case (8 photos)

'I’ve gone through at least 16 detectives in 17 years and I am just getting tired. I am 82 years old and I would like this solved before I die,' says mother of April Dobson, shot to death in 2005
Canines in the Classroom begging to improve student engagement

Canines in the Classroom begging to improve student engagement

School board signs three-year agreement to bring service dogs in training into high school classes
CFB Borden tattoo artist becomes first to ink on Canadian military base <b>(10 photos)</b>

CFB Borden tattoo artist becomes first to ink on Canadian military base (10 photos)

'There’s a lot of excitement about having a tattoo shop on base from service members. It seems to go hand in hand with military culture,' says Black Lamp Tattoos owner