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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

<b>COLUMN:</b> Kids' choices leave exasperated mom on thin ice

COLUMN: Kids' choices leave exasperated mom on thin ice

Now that extra-curricular activities have returned, it's difficult to know how hard to push kids — and in which direction, says reporter
Fall has arrived at Barrie Hill Farms

Fall has arrived at Barrie Hill Farms

'They are all about tractors and big tires in the mud, jumping in puddles,' says mom of her two sons, who braved the rain to go apple picking and pick up some pumpkins at Barrie Hill Farms on Sunday
Fans assemble at BPL Comic Fest

Fans assemble at BPL Comic Fest

'Pretty impressive': County celebrates forest's 100-year legacy

'Pretty impressive': County celebrates forest's 100-year legacy

'If we were gathered in this spot 100 years ago, we’d be looking at a very different landscape,' says county forester
People who used to donate to food bank now using its services

People who used to donate to food bank now using its services

Organization sees more than 3,000 individuals each month; 'We always have stuff coming in, but the problem is it goes out just as fast. With that many people coming in, it really moves quickly,' says Barrie Food Bank executive director
Singing group pitches free vocal workshops in Barrie

Singing group pitches free vocal workshops in Barrie

'We were very lucky. The sisterhood in our group is strong and we did not lose any members,' Barrie Soundwaves member says of pandemic
Safe haven for drug users awaits potential OK from province

Safe haven for drug users awaits potential OK from province

'We don’t have a timeline, but we are hopeful to hear soon,' says Canadian Mental Health Association official
'Empowering': Blacks For All Races Activity Centre opens Saturday

'Empowering': Blacks For All Races Activity Centre opens Saturday

'We want to have a forum where all the cultures can intermingle and be in a peaceful, loving environment — that’s our goal,' says official
Barrie shelter harnesses donation of much-needed funds

Barrie shelter harnesses donation of much-needed funds

'Those dollars help us do what we need to do to support all of the women and the kids and help us to keep the lights on,' says Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie official
Kempenfelt Rotary has money burning hole in its pocket

Kempenfelt Rotary has money burning hole in its pocket

Barrie club typically supports approximately 20 local organizations each year