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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

Treasure hunters rejoice! Lease extended at popular antique mall

Treasure hunters rejoice! Lease extended at popular antique mall

'Talk about a stress reliever,' says Shirley Sanford, owner of Sanford and Sons Emporium, which will stay put until at least May, 31, 2025
Overnight warming centre gets fired up as cold snap approaches

Overnight warming centre gets fired up as cold snap approaches

'People can die in these temperatures, so it’s important that we are open,' says John Howard Society of Simcoe-Muskoka executive director
Angus security firm helps veterans, retired first-responders

Angus security firm helps veterans, retired first-responders

'Being ex-military, I have a very high standard for protecting people and looking after people … it’s what I was trained to do,' says owner of Angus-based company
Fundraiser started for mom who lost two sons to accidents

Fundraiser started for mom who lost two sons to accidents

'The fact that we have to relive this all over again is just chaos. Nobody should go through this once, let alone twice and unfortunately the first time it tore everybody apart,' says Barrie woman
First-time author sets sights on winning over young adults

First-time author sets sights on winning over young adults

'There are big problems in the world we all face and I am of the mind that we can always use more smart, educated and well-rounded people to help solve them,' says Barrie author Jim Hepburn
Portage View students' shopping gala helps support Youth Haven

Portage View students' shopping gala helps support Youth Haven

'It’s very impactful to the school community as a whole, and it contributes to something locally that’s very worthwhile,' says principal
Barrie woman accused in pedestrian crash released on bail

Barrie woman accused in pedestrian crash released on bail

Cassie Korzenko, who is charged with three counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm, had been in custody since Dec. 1 crash
'Unique bond': Barrie canine unit mourns retired police dog

'Unique bond': Barrie canine unit mourns retired police dog

Thor died Tuesday night; 'He was a serious dog, but he could really switch it off at home. He was a social butterfly,' says longtime handler
Police stop teenage driver on back-to-back days for speeding

Police stop teenage driver on back-to-back days for speeding

'Unfortunately, for whatever reason, this young driver did not heed the advice that was offered the day before and got two reminders as a result,' says Barrie police official
RVH marks 'historic day in medical technology' following $1M gift

RVH marks 'historic day in medical technology' following $1M gift

Barrie-based Innovative Automation steps up to help RVH Foundation’s Keep Life Wild campaign for advancement of immersive medical education at local hospital