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.


Go to the source for religious donation requests to avoid a scam

You want to trust an email that arrives in your inbox when it is sent from a religious leader at your church, temple or...

Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony — the takeaways

Over the six hours of Robert Mueller's long-sought appearance before two congressional panels Wednesday, little in the way of new information came to light,...

Estero man sentenced to 4 years for defrauding military families

A local man who conned military families across the country, including a victim of a terrorist attack, will serve time in federal prison. A judge...

Nation celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing

[youtube] "48 Hours" will mark the moment Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Tune into CBS at 10:56 p.m. to watch Walter Cronkite's coverage. At...
In this July 20, 1969 image made from television, Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong steps onto the surface of the moon. Millions on Earth who gathered around the TV and radio heard Armstrong say this: “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” But after returning from space, he immediately insisted that he had been misquoted. He said there was a lost word in his famous one-liner from the moon: “That's one small step for ‘a' man." It's just that people just didn't hear it.” (NASA via AP)video

50 years after the launch of the Apollo 11 mission

Hundreds of people came to the Kennedy Space Center to celebrate the launch of the historic Apollo 11 mission, including its Astronauts Michael Collins,...

WINK News in Cape Canaveral for Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

Apollo 11 will have blasted off from Earth on its historic mission to the moon 50 years ago Tuesday. Tune into WINK News while we...

Lake City hackers threaten the cybercriminal business model

In a new twist, a Florida town did not get all of its files back after paying hackers hundreds of thousands of dollars in...

Fraud Alert: Genetic testing scam targets elderly

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about a fraud scheme involving genetic testing. Scammers are...

Marine assistance ensures water safety during July 4 celebrations

Around noon Thursday, boat company Sea Tow in Fort Myers took us out to where they were putting up barricades around the Cape Coral...
Popular fireworks many use on Independence Day. (Credit: WINK News)video

Majority of firework injuries happen near the 4th of July

Drive anywhere right now and it is hard to miss the firework stands. But just because people can buy them, does not mean they...

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