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Rich Kolko

Professional Experience

Hired in 2019 as the Safety and Security Specialist at WINK News. FBI Special Agent 1996-2017 serving in Atlanta, New York, FBI HQ and Quantico, VA. Served in the Navy, both on active duty and the reserve, retiring as a Commander in 2011.

News Philosophy

Work to help the citizens of SWFL keep their family, home, cyber, and finances safe and secure.

Hobbies & Interests

Flying, fishing & luge.

Education

Masters in Homeland Security from American Military University, Bachelors in Communications from the University of Miami.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

The people along with the weather and no DC traffic!

Hometown

Poughkeepsie, NY.

Restaurants hurt by customers demanding refunds through food delivery services

Restaurants are going out of business, and it has nothing to do with the menu. It turns out it’s a result of people taking...
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Policing on two wheels: Fort Myers officers train for new approach

Riding a bike for most people means fun and good exercise, but for bike officers, it means training and another tool to keep citizens...
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Authorities warn about theft of catalytic converters

Not only do crooks steal cars and any belongings left inside, but they are also targeting a part inside of the vehicle. The Charlotte County...
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Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature some of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; March 3

This weekly WINK News segment features fugitives from justice right here in Southwest Florida. This is your chance to help out the community and give...
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Understanding kid lingo in texts and on social media

A tragic incident last month is shining a light on a potential issue facing every family. Dr. Laura Berman's son died of an accidental overdose...
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Online car-buying can be convenient but can also prompt scams

Car shopping from the comfort of your couch can be convenient but it can also lead to scams. Everyone wants a good deal on a...
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Safety & Security: Crooks use phone finder apps as a way to get into...

Crooks are using a simple note to get into homes. It’s a scheme that involves a cell phone and preying on someone’s willingness to...
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Child predator cases being solved in SWFL computer forensic lab

Child exploitation and pornography happens right here in Southwest Florida, and law enforcement works to track those committing these horrible crimes. We went behind the...
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Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature some of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; Feb. 24

This weekly WINK News segment features fugitives from justice right here in Southwest Florida. This is your chance to help out the community and give...
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Scammers use car wrapping get-rich-quick scheme as front

Have you seen cars driving around town wrapped with advertisements? It could be an easy way to make money, but it could also be...

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