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.


Burned puppy gets second chance with Lee County rescue

ESTERO, Fla.- When Victoria Frazier decided to rename the 4-month-old Boxer she rescued Friday, she already had the perfect name in mind. "Gabriella is 'God...

Cleanup continues at downtown Fort Myers law firm after fire

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Power was restored to businesses in downtown Fort Myers early Thursday morning after flames ripped through a law firm on Broadway Street...

How to remain safe from fires during dry season

FORT MYERS, Fla. - April and May are the driest months in Southwest Florida, experts said. The dry conditions make it easier for brush fires to...

Marco Island boater rescued from stranded boat

MARCO ISLAND, Fla.- A boating trip along the Marco River turned into a scary situation Friday evening. Hugette Pelletier says her husband Gilles took his...

Lehigh Acres teen showed no remorse for allegedly starting fire

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - The teenager facing first-degree arson charges for allegedly starting a fire showed no remorse after deputies told him a family's...

Cape Coral saving $1.1M on road paving

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The City of Cape Coral says bids to re-pave miles of roads came in under budget, allowing for the possibility of even...

Car slams into south Fort Myers business, takes off

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Pink Petunia on Cypress Lake Drive was forced to shut its doors Thursday after a car smashed into the building...

Cape PD seeking $700K to extend body cam usage

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- After nearly a year of Cape Coral police officers using body cameras, the department is asking for $700,000 to upgrade its equipment. CCPD...

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