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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.

Email
nikki@barrietoday.com

Recent Work by Nikki

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

Full house: Area 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
Local nurse wades into Ukrainian war zone during aid mission

Local nurse wades into Ukrainian war zone during aid mission

Barrie resident Kyleigh MacLeod, who spent three weeks in western Ukraine as part of humanitarian relief effort, says she wanted to help because 'I just felt this deep feeling of wrongness'
Fresh Food Weekly program bags charitable status

Fresh Food Weekly program bags charitable status

'Now that I have charitable status, hopefully I will be able to do a lot more things,' says Fresh Food Weekly founder Leah Dyck
Kempenfest's midway a popular stop at Kempenfest this weekend

Kempenfest's midway a popular stop at Kempenfest this weekend

"This is the kind of connection we’ve been waiting for and we are excited for it. There are lots of smiling faces and you can’t ask for more than that," says Kempenfest organizer
Kempenfest's Artisan Alley brings back happy retail moments

Kempenfest's Artisan Alley brings back happy retail moments

“I feel there’s a real excitement and a buzz, and there is just this really invigorating vibe just going through the festival," says local vendor, who has been participating in Barrie's Kempenfest for more than a decade
Health unit reports 11 more COVID-related deaths

Health unit reports 11 more COVID-related deaths

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 47,958 cases of COVID-19, with 46,828 of those cases recovered and 529 cases ending in death
First-time author pens children's book to help deal with grief

First-time author pens children's book to help deal with grief

'I didn’t just want to write a book. I wanted to write a book that could be relatable,' says Barrie resident Katrina Doucet; Book launch scheduled for Aug. 6 at Rivendell Books
Used vehicle shortage leaves dealerships grappling for inventory

Used vehicle shortage leaves dealerships grappling for inventory

'The Americans are definitely having an impact because they’re buying a lot of Canadian vehicles and shipping them over the border,' says Barrie auto dealer
Man lives through two tornadoes in Barrie, one in Maryland

Man lives through two tornadoes in Barrie, one in Maryland

'At this point, they’ve tried three times to get me and they’ve missed so I am developing a sense  of confidence,' jokes Barrie resident
Simcoe County residents celebrate Canada Day at the farm

Simcoe County residents celebrate Canada Day at the farm

'People are really excited to be able to come to the farm, visit and hang around a little bit,' says owner of Barrie Hill Farms