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.

Collier County jails take precautions against COVID-19 to protect inmates, deputies

Jails and prisons across the U.S. are struggling to figure out how to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In the federal prison system, all...
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Robocalls among tactics scammers use during coronavirus pandemic

Scammers are trying to take advantage of your fears to get at your money. We are telling you what to look out for to prevent...
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Sanibel mayor talks about how they are protecting island residents

It's already quieter on Sanibel. The beaches are closed and you can no longer rent a room at a hotel. We asked Mayor Kevin Ruane...
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FBI issues warning about Zoom meeting app; here’s how to protect yourself

Everyone is meeting on Zoom during the coronavirus pandemic. The online video meeting platform is being used by businesses, schools and even for birthday parties. But...

Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature three of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; April 1

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 warns of scams involving personal protective equipment

Hospitals are struggling to find masks, gloves and other medical equipment in the fight against COVID-19. Now, the FBI is warning of scammers trying to...
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FBI helping people fight against COVID-19 scams, potential internet crimes against children

COVID-19 has many of us on edge. How can we stay safe, healthy and avoid spreading the virus? The FBI and Justice Department have new...
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New York area travelers greeted by health workers at RSW airport

We captured exclusive video of a recent governor’s executive order in effect after Gov. Ron DeSantis mandated all travelers flying in from the New...
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Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature three of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; March 25

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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Lehigh Acres Fire Department working to stay safe amidst shortage of protective gear

A man diagnosed with COVID-19 arrived at an Orange County, California hospital in an isolation chamber with paramedics in hazmat gear loading him out...

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