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.


How to look up sexual predators in your neighborhood

Keeping your children safe from sexual predators who could offend again. The best way to know if a sexual predator is in your neighborhood is...

Lee County school district hosts event to keep kids safe online

The Lee County school district wants to arm parents with knowledge, so they can protect their kids online. Six to nine hours — that's how...

How to stop your smart phone from tracking you

It's no secret, people love their smart phones. And for iPhones and Androids, they come with a pre-installed app that tracks your location. But there’s more. Every...
What to do in a virtual kidnapping situation. (Credit: WINK News)video

What are the red flags of a virtual kidnappings?

There are only about 100 to 200 non-family kidnappings a year in the United States. I am here to tell you, placing a call...

Romance Scam: Online imposters break hearts and bank accounts

A security alert for people looking for love. Scammers are pretending to put on a uniform to pull at your heartstrings, and ultimately get...

Former CIA director led panel on cyber threats at NaplesNEXT

Enhancing understanding and building a better future are just two of the many concepts behind the NaplesNEXT Ideas Festival. An event that has gathered...

FBI Tampa division counters terrorism in Southwest Florida

There are 5,000 open terrorism cases in the United States. WINK News looked at whether Southwest Florida has the resources necessary to investigate terrorism....
Inside the Mobile Command Post. (Credit: WINK News)video

Sheriff’s office uses mobile command post at Collier County Fair

Like every major event with a lot of people, there are security concerns. WINK News spoke to authorities, as it prepared to keep everyone...
Ted Bundy. (Credit: WINK News)video

DNA testing confirms Ted Bundy killing

DNA testing is now helping confirm serial killer Ted Bundy murdered a teenager in Utah back in the 1970's. Authorities said Debra Kent, 17, disappeared...

Behind the scenes with FBI Operational Medics

Most people are familiar with the FBI's high profile investigations, but what about their work in medicine? A select group of special agents are trained...

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