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.


Teen robbed at gunpoint on Christmas Eve

SOUTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- 18 year old Angel Murillo was taking out the trash on Thursday afternoon, when he says he felt a gun...

TSA changes body scan policy days before peak holiday travel

ESTERO, Fla.- Passengers making their way through security check points could find themselves taking unwanted steps this week. The Transportation Administration has changed their...

Prior arrests of man accused of threatening FMB school officials raise concerns

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- The father of a Fort Myers Beach Elementary School student accused of harassing teachers and staff members is now under investigation by...

Dozens line up for Maltese adoption

FORT MYERS, Fla.- A line you'd expect to see on Black Friday took hold at Lee County Domestic Animal Services Thursday morning, hours before the...

Lehigh Acres residents voice concerns to Lee County commissioners

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- Dozens gathered Wednesday night, hoping their voices would finally be heard as Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass directly addressed problems in Lehigh...

Hendry Co. Sheriff sees “overwhelming” increase in concealed permit course requests

CLEWISTON, Fla.- With gun violence still fresh in the minds of people all over the globe, many Americans are now weighing in on the...

Coyote sightings leave Cape Coral residents on edge

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A picture of a coyote roaming an empty field off Embers Parkway in Cape Coral is generating buzz on social media. Cape Coral Police say eight healthy...

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...

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