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.


Bubble Room burglars use saws to break into restaurant

CAPTIVA, Fla.- Authorities are searching for two burglars who broke into the Bubble Room restaurant earlier this week, stealing a safe, cash and other items. Shortly...

Man hurt in Lehigh Acres shooting

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - One man was hurt during an afternoon shooting in a neighborhood. Lee County deputies responded to a call about shots fired...

Clewiston students raise $5,000 for former classmate’s funeral

CLEWISTON, Fla.- As news of Expavious Tyrell Taylor's death circled Southwest Florida friends,former classmates and teachers were stunned. "My E-911 class Monday morning was very,...

One dead, two hurt in NE Cape SWAT situation

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral Police said one person is dead and two were injured after a domestic disturbance turned violent. Just before 1:00 a.m....

Gas drops below $2 in SWFL

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Driving across Lee County, you might spot a nice surprise as you pass gas stations. Gas prices across Southwest Florida are once...

Suspect in custody in Sebring bomb investigation, US 27 back open

SEBRING, Fla.- A man is in custody following a bomb investigation that shut down U.S. 27 for hours on Wednesday, said the Highland County Sheriff's...

Teen becomes SWFL social media hero

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- One woman's Facebook post is making a Southwest Florida teen a social media hero. Patricia Ratliff says she witnessed a high school...

Extended hours for south Cape Coral bars show promise

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Bar owners across south Cape Coral are seeing more customers come through their door this year, and they're staying longer too. Cape...

Family wakes up to break in at Pinnacle Apts.

FORT MYERS, Fla.- After living in the same apartment for six years, one father says he's now concerned it may not be the safest...

Family trip puts a positive light on breast cancer

NAPLES, Fla. - After receiving bad news about her health in July, Jil Petrie decided she wanted to focus on a more positive life. The 42-year-old mother from...

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