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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

Local mattress store lays out new 'futuristic' ways to shop

Local mattress store lays out new 'futuristic' ways to shop

Leva Sleep says it enlisted help from former SpaceX engineer to help launch 'tech-driven' retail concept
COLUMN: Reporter's family forever changed by death of 'fur baby'

COLUMN: Reporter's family forever changed by death of 'fur baby'

'When his 'little sisters came along,' he stepped up and did what all big brothers do: he protected them,' reporter says of beloved Reese
Jewish Alliance says event aimed at 'cross-cultural community understanding'

Jewish Alliance says event aimed at 'cross-cultural community understanding'

Jewish Alliance official says those who attended Thursday's event at downtown library 'maintained a very respectful dialogue throughout'
'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
Jaws of life used to extricate driver following two-vehicle crash in Barrie

Jaws of life used to extricate driver following two-vehicle crash in Barrie

'Exterior crews assessed and chose a roof flap to be the best way to access and remove the person,' says Barrie fire official
'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, flames from large shed fire cause damage to Barrie home

Heat, flames from large shed fire cause damage to Barrie home

The shed at 19 Noam Dr. in Barrie was 'completely consumed,' says local fire official
'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
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
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