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.

Education

University of Florida.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

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

Hometown

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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Cape Coral police respond after freeing invasive lizard

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - An officer freed a Nile monitor lizard after a homeowner called about the lizard being stuck in her fence. The move...
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Woman hospitalized after crash at ‘dangerous’ Lee County intersection

OLGA, Fla. - A 79-year-old woman was taken to the hospital after a two-car crash at a notoriously dangerous intersection Sunday morning. The crash occurred...
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Fort Myers police chase man on ATV

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Police were chasing a man seen on a green four-wheeler when some witnesses say officers ran over the man on...

Message of love resonates at Dunbar Easter parade

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Just two days after police say a 17-year-old died in a drive-by shooting, people of the Dunbar community gathered for...
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Lee County $2.5M teacher planning contract approved

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lee County teachers can will get paid for daily planning periods now that the school district has approved a multimillion...
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Friend: 2 brothers shot, hospitalized in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Two brothers were shot and sent to the hospital before Fort Myers police blocked off Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard near Hanson Street on...

‘He’s the one,’ Palin campaigns for Trump at Arcadia Rodeo

ARCADIA, Fla.- While thousands gathered for the 88th annual All Florida Championship Rodeo in Arcadia Sunday, many got a surprise visit from a former...
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Cut for a Cure raises $15K for cancer foundation

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- The Tampa Bay Rays visited Southwest Florida Saturday morning to take on the New York Yankees The spring game is also home...

Early voting draws out thousands in Lee, Collier counties

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Voters lined up outside 10 early voting sites before 11AM Saturday. Many voters believe their votes will make a mark in...
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Man convicted in 2012 Lehigh Acres double homicide

FORT MYERS, Fla.- A Lehigh Acres man has been found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder and armed robbery in a 2012 double murder. It took...

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