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.


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!


Poughkeepsie, NY.


Florida victims of internet crimes, scams keep rising

It is more important than ever to protect yourself on the internet. Brand new information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows cyber crimes...

Reports Sri Lanka has intel about attacks, FBI to assist

Authorities are investigating reports that the intelligence community in Sri Lanka knew about the plot of the bombing that devastated the country on Easter...

How to lock up the house for the summer

With Easter Sunday coming up this weekend, that means a lot of neighbors are headed back up north. But before that happens, it’s important...

Florida CFO warns about health records connected to Alexa

Officials are warning about merging personal health records with Alexa. Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said we all need to be extra careful with...

Airports continue to test out facial recognition technology

Facial recognition technology is becoming more common at airports in the United States. Orlando had the new technology installed last year, and Miami just...

How to protect yourself while traveling abroad

Summer is coming, and a lot of us are looking for adventure abroad. There are ways to protect ourselves in case something goes wrong. We...

How to protect your cell phone account from scammers

Investigators took down a suspect wanted in a nearly million-dollar fraud scheme in Lee County. Secret service agents say Nelson Dejesus and five others operating...

Smartphone Safety

Verizon will launch a data plan aimed at children Thursday. The "Just Kids" plan includes safety features and parental controls, but many parents are...
Jussie Smollett leaves court. (Credit: CBS News)video

Why did prosecutors drop the charges against Jussie Smollett?

Prosecutors dropped charges against Jussie Smollett after police said the "Empire" actor staged a hate crime attack. Rich Kolko, WINK News safety and security specialist,...

Are you at risk? FEMA data spill exposes 3 million people

Social security numbers, banking information and home addresses, FEMA is the agency supposed to help when disaster strikes. But the agency recently put millions...

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