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.


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FHP investigates deadly weekend crash on Palm Beach Blvd.

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Bank manager saves 84-year-old Fort Myers woman from $10K jail scam

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Lee attorney discusses charges of sexual offenders in ‘Operation Picket Fence’

The Lee County Sheriff's Office announced Monday that 18 people were arrested for preying on children as a result of "Operation Picket Fence." The operation...

Online predator sting nets 18 arrests for soliciting children for sex in Lee County

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Store clerks allegedly stole lottery tickets, cashed in winnings

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Family of missing Diana Alvarez holds vigil for her 11th birthday

The family of Diana Alvarez held a vigil Thursday evening for what would've been her 11th birthday. The vigil took place at 6 p.m. at...

Grand jury indicts Jorge Guerrero-Torres with 1st-degree murder of Diana Alvarez

 A grand jury has returned an indictment for multiple charges against Jorge Guerrero-Torres, the state attorney's office announced Thursday. The State Attorney's Office held...

Problems previously reported with plane involved in fatal Chico’s crash

Many pilots reported problems with the plane that slammed into the Chico's day care last June weeks before it went down. On at least two...

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