Nicole Valdes

Professional Experience

2015 to present: Reporter, WINK News.

Awards & Recognition

Extensive coverage of the high-profile murder trial of Pedro Bravo earned “Best Long Hard News Feature” honor from the Associated Press. Also received “Best Breaking News” award from the Associated Press. A national winner of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Award for “Best Breaking News.”

News Philosophy

“This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and even it can inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise, it’s nothing but wires and lights in a box.” – Edward R. Murrow.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Service

Spending time at the beach, the gym and on the couch with my main man Leo, my cat.


University of Florida.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

Taking in Southwest Florida’s water and sunshine year-round. And the beaches!


San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Interesting Fact

My Puerto Rican culture is a big part of my daily life. Holidays with the entire extended family (and I do mean extended!) always included lots of home-cooked rice, pork, pasteles and salsa dancing. After moving to Miami, my Puerto Rican heritage, mixed with my American upbringing, gave me a multi-cultural point of view, one that I strive to use everyday to truly tell the stories of the people in Southwest Florida.


New documents reveal accused killer Lois Riess’ movements after leaving FMB

Accused Fort Myers Beach murder suspect Lois Riess may have set her sights on a third victim, new documents show. Riess, who is accused of...

Former FBI agent weighs in on future of bureau as criticism builds

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Construction nightmare forces one Cape Coral business to temporarily shut down

Businesses along one Cape Coral road say they're losing money as a construction project continues to keep customers away. It's all happening along 47th Terrace...

Man gets life in prison for August 2015 homicides

A 22-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison for the killings of three people in August 2015. Bryan Hyde, of Lehigh Acres, was found guilty...

Collier man accused of attacking man with disabilities at Marco restaurant

A Collier County man is in jail after he allegedly beat up a man with cerebral palsy at a restaurant on Marco Island. The...

Expert provides advice on staying safe around alligators

Crews pulled a woman's arm out of a south Florida alligator Friday after she was reported missing while walking her dogs in Davie, FL. And...

Descendants of deed owners fight against Luminary Hotel plans

A deed debacle continues over the construction of the Luminary Hotel as more than a dozen people are fighting to protect their ancestors' past. The...

Friends, family remember man who died Friday while working in Cape manhole

SWFL remembers a father and husband who would help those in need whenever he could. Authorities released the identity of the man who died Friday...

Utility worker dies inside manhole in Cape Coral

A 53-year-old utility worker died Friday afternoon after becoming trapped inside a manhole. Crews with Southwest Utility Systems were working on the manhole on the 800...

Heavy rain prompts water release from Lake Okeechobee

Water from Lake Okeechobee will be released starting Friday, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The discharges will be done this weekend after...

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