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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

'Anti-Zionist' event at Barrie library raises ire of Jewish community

'Anti-Zionist' event at Barrie library raises ire of Jewish community

'The point is in all of this … is we are Canadians. We are not part of the war cabinet in Israel. We are not citizens of Israel,' says Am Shalom official
Local CMHA head returning to her nursing roots in new post

Local CMHA head returning to her nursing roots in new post

'For me, that was such an incredible opportunity to lift up the voices of my colleagues,' Dr. Valerie Grdisa says of move to Canadian Nurses Association
Driver examiner remembered fondly by family, 'generation of nervous teens'

Driver examiner remembered fondly by family, 'generation of nervous teens'

'I feel that he was strict yet fair. It was actually a bragging point to have been given your licence from the infamous Tucker,' says former Innisdale student
'Broken, upset, frustrated': Families of missing man, woman plead for answers

'Broken, upset, frustrated': Families of missing man, woman plead for answers

'The stories of our missing Indigenous women and men must be told with the same urgency and concern as any other missing person,' says Ginoogaming First Nation chief
'Perfect day' brings thousands out for Barrie Airshow

'Perfect day' brings thousands out for Barrie Airshow

'It’s a fabulous event. It’s a perfect day,' says Barrie resident who attended the 2024 Barrie Airshow on Saturday
'Perfect day' brings thousands out for Barrie Airshow

'Perfect day' brings thousands out for Barrie Airshow

'It’s a fabulous event. It’s a perfect day,' says Barrie resident who attended the 2024 Barrie Airshow on Saturday
Heat-seeking drones being used to track Barrie Airshow attendance

Heat-seeking drones being used to track Barrie Airshow attendance

'It’s actually really interesting because it can tell you if they’re from Barrie, outside Barrie … so we will know in about four weeks,' says tourism official
County awarding 20-year garbage incineration contract to Brampton firm

County awarding 20-year garbage incineration contract to Brampton firm

'No one is running around with their hair on fire trying to solve this issue, so that leaves each of us to try to decide what can be done best,' says county waste official
Charges possible in south-end Barrie crash that hospitalized two: police

Charges possible in south-end Barrie crash that hospitalized two: police

Barrie woman, 30, airlifted to Toronto trauma centre with serious, life-threatening injuries, according to city police
Police investigating after man's body pulled from water in downtown Barrie

Police investigating after man's body pulled from water in downtown Barrie

While details are slim, police official says there's nothing at this point to suggest anything suspicious
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