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.


Could mental health be used as defense for accused killer Lois Riess?

Questions are surfacing over accused killer Lois Riess' mental health status and whether or not this could change the high-profile murder trial. Riess is accused...

Accused killer Lois Riess heads back to SWFL to face murder charge

Beach goers in SWFL are happy to hear accused killer Lois Riess is heading back to Lee County where she will face the consequences...

‘She can’t hurt nobody else’: Accused killer Lois Riess remains in custody

A woman accused of killing a woman on Fort Myers Beach and her husband in Minnesota may have her life spared. Lois Riess was charged...

Man who alerted authorities of Lois Riess’ whereabouts hailed a hero

When accused killer Lois Riess walked into a restaurant on South Padre Island Thursday night, someone was in the right place at the right...

Two guns found inside Texas hotel room of Fort Myers Beach murder suspect Lois...

A grandmother accused of two cold-blooded murders will stay behind bars after making her first appearance in court Saturday morning. MORE: SWFL reacts to arrest...

SWFL reacts to murder suspect Lois Riess’ arrest

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Multi-state fugitive hits casino jackpot after Fort Myers Beach murder

Hundreds of tips are flowing into the U.S. Marshals Office as a nation-wide hunt intensifies for 56-year-old Lois Riess. Riess is accused of fatally shooting...

Investigators release new surveillance video, set $6K reward for multi-state fugitive

A reward has been set for a multi-state fugitive accused of killing her husband in Minnesota and a woman on Fort Myers Beach. The U.S....

Investigators release surveillance videos of suspect in Fort Myers Beach murder case

Surveillance videos of Lois Riess, a suspect in a multi-state murder investigation, were released Tuesday. The videos, obtained by WINK News from the Lee County...

Citrus Park residents frustrated by local company hired to repair Irma damage

Homeowners looking to move forward after Hurricane Irma destroyed parts of their homes are now battling to get those repairs done. Some residents living in...

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