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.


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Lee County firefighters question legislator’s merge proposal

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Residents upset with Cape Coral tree dumping site

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The city is using a lot on Southwest 41st Street as a dump site for tree limbs and trash, and...

Lee County flu cases spike, raise health concerns

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The number of influenza cases in Lee County has doubled since 2015, raising health professionals' concerns about an early and...

Charred boats removed from North Fort Myers marina

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - After three weeks, charred boats are being removed after an electrical fire spread from one boat to the next...

Bonita Blackout Asylum to feature explicit images, experiences

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Cape Coral home in limbo after botched tornado repairs

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Quinn Alberto said he and his parents are reliving a "nightmare" in their fight against a contracting company they hired...

Army Corps change Lake O plans following State of Emergency

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- The Army Corps of Engineers says the water is at one of its highest levels in 10 years, at last...

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...

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