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.


FPL charging FMB for billing oversight

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Residents on Fort Myers Beach have been seeing credits on their latest FPL statements. No, it's not a mistake. Florida Power and...

Archbishop speaks in SWFL, reflects on worldwide terror

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Hundreds filed in to the sanctuary at St. John XXIII Catholic Church off Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers, excited to hear...

Suspect of NFM bank robber still on the loose

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- An active search is ongoing for an armed man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank Thursday morning. According to the Lee County...

Englewood boaters begin searching for man missing at sea

ENGLEWOOD, Fla.- Boaters and friends in Englewood are still in shock their friend, 48-year-old Jeffery Jon Reinhardt, is still missing at sea. Family and friends...

Fire destroys Bonita Springs home, investigation underway

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.-  Neighbors on Carl Circle in Bonita Springs awoke to the sound crackling flames shooting into the air early Sunday morning. One home...

Missing boater identified, search continues after dark

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The U.S. Coast Guard is still searching for a missing boater Saturday night. The man has now been identified as 48-year-old Jeffery...

SWFL turkey drive gives hundreds a holiday meal

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The line formed at 4 a.m. Sunday morning. Hundreds of families waited for hours, hoping to take home one of the 1,000 turkeys...

‘Hoops on Mission’ camp hopes to inspire Fort Myers youth

FORT MYERS, Fla.- They dribble, sprint, jump and dive. They huddled up, and inspirational words from Coach Dwayne "Action" Jackson kick-started their training Saturday afternoon...

Lee Co. driver’s ed teacher arrested, charged with DUI

ALVA, Fla.- A Riverdale High School teacher is now facing DUI charges after an overnight crash. The irony? He teaches drivers education. Richard Bull, 51,...

Day at the Zoo brings joy to Golisano Children’s Hospital patients

NAPLES, Fla.- Cassidy Kingsley, 11, was full of energy as she walked into the Naples Zoo slowly, but with her head held high. "I want...

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