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.

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Exclusive Interview: Legendary Vietnam war correspondent Joe Galloway

Honoring veterans who weren’t welcomed home, war correspondent Joe Galloway began his career covering the Vietnam War. The men he met overseas are his...
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As holiday season approaches, here’s tips on keeping safe while shopping

You all know what a good deal looks like, but do you know how to keep yourself safe when looking for that deal? Nobody likes...
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Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature three of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; Nov. 13

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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Pinning ceremony at JetBlue Park honors veterans

Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Danny Burgess participated in events to recognize and honor Florida veterans on...
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Deputies train to evacuate inmates in Collier County jail

School kids practice evacuation drills at school, and employees might also practice them at work. We wanted to know what happens during an emergency...
Maria Creed is overwhelmed with emotion as she crouches in front of one of the memorial crosses at Pine Trails Park in Parkland, Fla., Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, that were placed for the victims of the Wednesday shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Creed’s son, Michael Creed, is a sophomore at the school. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)video

Bill would set active shooting training standards for Florida law enforcement

A man entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018 and started shooting, killing 17 victims. Outside, one deputy did not enter the...
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Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature three of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; Nov. 6

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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FBI and local officials work to protect elections from cyberattacks

A top FBI official says our democracy is under attack. The threat is out there: Our elections are under attack from Russia and other...
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How do I avoid sex offenders while trick-or-treating in SWFL?

Keeping kids safe while trick-or-treating during Halloween is on everyone's mind on Thursday. From glow sticks to chaperones to even closing down roads, parents...
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Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature three of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; Oct. 30

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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