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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.

Recent Work by Nikki

Wheelchair tennis helps Springwater woman find her inner athlete

Wheelchair tennis helps Springwater woman find her inner athlete

'Being out there and being active has made a world of difference,' says Candice Combdon; She's off to Montreal next month for the wheelchair tennis national championships
Your favourite locally brewed craft beer could be coming to farmers' market near you

Your favourite locally brewed craft beer could be coming to farmers' market near you

Ability to purchase locally brewed craft beer 'just one more thing you can tick off in a box and grab at your farmer's market,' says market vendor
Damage from 'hostile' fire at RVH pegged at almost $1M

Damage from 'hostile' fire at RVH pegged at almost $1M

'It is always an intricate fire when you have electricity and water involved,' says Barrie's deputy chief; 21 patients moved to other units
Health officials submit applications for 'life-saving' SCS in Barrie

Health officials submit applications for 'life-saving' SCS in Barrie

'Every month that goes by that we don’t have one of these sites, more deaths occur that could have been prevented and that’s tragic,' says mayor
7 Bradford residents among 51 new COVID cases in region since Friday

7 Bradford residents among 51 new COVID cases in region since Friday

Five local cases are youth under 18 years of age, according to today's report from the health unit
Housing market 'a cruel game of musical chairs' for many buyers, says Hudak

Housing market 'a cruel game of musical chairs' for many buyers, says Hudak

'Archaic rules and regulations are holding up new developments and exacerbating the problem,' says Ontario Real Estate Association CEO
Barrie boy turns foul experience at Blue Jays game into a positive

Barrie boy turns foul experience at Blue Jays game into a positive

Lincoln Cole and his dad 'directed away from the stadium' after disagreement over drinking water, but third-grader has now launched fundraiser supporting Creemore-based Water First to help Indigenous communities
'Larger than life' radio host Al Brown dies following battle with cancer

'Larger than life' radio host Al Brown dies following battle with cancer

Longtime Rock 95 morning show host was well known for his From the Cheap Seats segment, but his colleagues say it was the man away from the mic they will always remember fondly
Local leader devoted to changing 'the face of Indigenous Canada to a positive'

Local leader devoted to changing 'the face of Indigenous Canada to a positive'

'It is important we understand and consider the fact that this is not a story that (just) happened in the past and is now done,' says Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux during virtual event hosted by Georgian College
Thornton singer-songwriter appreciates 'therapeutic' qualities of making music

Thornton singer-songwriter appreciates 'therapeutic' qualities of making music

'I grew up with two very retro-styled genres, and I think that actually had a huge impact on my sound,' says Francesca Panetta, who describes her music as 'pop folk with a bit of a country flare'