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.


Schools setting goals to make campuses more secure

Today parents are asking: what else can we do to protect our kids? After Wednesday's school shooting, many are worried schools aren't designed to protect...

Concerns raised over funding for downtown Fort Myers hotel

Construction is set to begin March 1 on the Luminary Hotel, and improvements to the surrounding area will also be part of the project. But...

Pig caught in Lehigh Acres heading to auction Friday

A pot belly pig will be put up for auction after she was found by deputies racing down a street. The pig was caught two...

Lee Health changes how patients pay their medical bills

Lee Health now has a new option for you to pay off hefty medical bills—but it comes with a cost. The largest hospital system in...

Debate heats up over raising impact fees in Lee County

Is there another way to help improve your child's school without raising your sales tax? Some say yes—with higher impact fees. Impact fees are what you...

Army veteran overcomes debilitating injuries to help others

A deputy and Army veteran who's doctors said might never be able to run again just ran a 10k—all to help other wounded veterans...

Glo Germ shows the importance of washing your hands

What you can't see can't hurt, right? You don't think about carrying germs or where you could be spreading them. "With all the germs around and...

Many locals unhappy with new fee to park around Cape Harbour

It will now cost drivers $2 per hour to park around Cape Harbour. This "solution" comes after a shutdown of public parking over the summer. Darlene...

Veteran postal worker bids farewell to Immokalee roads

IMMOKALEE, Fla. - Immokalee native James Wryals is walking away from his job as a postal worker after 37 years of enduring thousands of...

From MMA to ‘How’s your day?:’ Fort Myers greeter makes impression

FORT MYERS, Fla. - For four hours on four days of the week, 57-year-old Ken Williams considers bringing others joy to be his sole purpose...

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