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.


9/11 footage pops up on video screens during flight headed to RSW

Passengers on board a United Airlines flight flying from Denver to RSW reportedly saw images from the 9/11 attacks pop up on their video...

FBI informant arrested after incriminating himself while wearing wire

A man wanted for attempted murder was found hiding out in Cape Coral. Chester Robinson helped the FBI make a dramatic arrest that stopped a...

‘Keep the children safe’: New security resource officer begins placement at Lee school

Heights Elementary School has a new face walking the halls. Staff Sergeant Alan Canfield is one of 40 additional school resource officers hired to patrol...

Smoke from several fires blanketing south Collier, Marco Island

Multiple brush fires are currently active across Southwest Florida. The most active is burning on 116th Avenue near U.S. 41 in the Picyuane Strand...

“Red Flag Law” lets authorities seize weapons from potentially dangerous individuals

Orlando Police recently took a handgun away from a UCF student under the new "Red Flag Law." And the Broward Sheriff's Office used the...

Lee County deputy runs to state Capitol for fallen officers

A Lee County Sheriff's Office deputy will be running for a cause — it's a challenge almost a year in the making. Sgt. Sammy Gonzalez...

Lee county students who participate in ‘National School Walkout’ could face consequences

Students at Fort Myers High School plan to participate in the National School Walkout Wednesday to protest gun violence. The National School Walkout is expected to...

Fort Myers carjacking and robbery suspect at large

Detectives are looking for a suspect in a convenience store robbery and carjacking that happened in Fort Myers on Monday. After closing the PDQ restaurant...

Several dogs contract kennel cough at local boarding facility

A nasty strain of kennel cough is spreading around the area's pet kennels. "One a dog gets it, it can spread like wildfire," said the...

Survivors of shooting plan to visit state lawmakers Tuesday

In the days following the deadly Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, gun control is back in the national conversation. Leading that conversation are students,...

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