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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

Barrie police inspector's tribunal hearing adjourned to April

Barrie police inspector's tribunal hearing adjourned to April

Insp. Valarie Gates charged with discreditable conduct under Police Services Act; next date set for April 18
County dumps plans for proposed organics, recycling facility

County dumps plans for proposed organics, recycling facility

'Before putting shovels in the ground, (we) took another look at the market … and found a savings of $220 million. That’s the success story today,' says warden
Couple looks back on racial discrimination after 58 years together

Couple looks back on racial discrimination after 58 years together

Barrie residents Bill and Pat Helland say they had to overcome many obstacles early in their relationship, but 'whatever problems we had, we solved on our own'
Remote workplace: Barrie cops tag along with police in northern Ontario

Remote workplace: Barrie cops tag along with police in northern Ontario

'Everyone knows everyone and you have to be a different type of officer with those communities,' Barrie officer says of program with Treaty 3 Police Service
'Swatted': Police, fire respond to fake calls in south Barrie

'Swatted': Police, fire respond to fake calls in south Barrie

'Deployment of resources and personnel is calculated, measured and, sadly, when false, can compromise our response to legitimate calls for service,' says police official
Passerby calls 911 after seeing smoke at south-end Barrie home

Passerby calls 911 after seeing smoke at south-end Barrie home

Barrie firefighters 'mounted an aggressive attack' to battle second-floor blaze at Looker Drive house, says official
Barrie Special Olympians putting years of hard work on the line

Barrie Special Olympians putting years of hard work on the line

Several local athletes looking forward to their chance to shine at 2024 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Calgary later this month
COLUMN: Cuts to local media affect us all

COLUMN: Cuts to local media affect us all

'Having multiple news agencies ... helps make us all not only better at what we do, but also better informed,' writes reporter Nikki Cole
Barrie couple's love story began when she swallowed a fly

Barrie couple's love story began when she swallowed a fly

Georgienne and Havelock Rhynold met in 1952 and had first date at Orillia Fair; they soon found humour was their mutual bond
Mutual respect the secret to Barrie couple's lasting love song

Mutual respect the secret to Barrie couple's lasting love song

Despite the fact they’re approaching their Platinum anniversary, one Barrie couple is adamant there is no real secret to their success.
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