Nicole previously covered transportation for the Globe. An anonymous tip about a homeless man beaten by a security guard at a train station led Nicole and a colleague to stake out the facility where the alleged attack occurred. They soon located the victim and witnesses — and others who also said they had been abused by the guard. As a result, transit police arrested the guard and the security company was fired. For that reporting, Nicole and her colleagues were named finalists for the Livingston Award.
Before joining the Globe in 2014, Nicole spent five years as an education beat reporter at the Oregonian. There, she documented a tumultuous teachers’ strike vote, attempts by the school district to cut classes for disabled students and the hiring of a school administrator who was under investigation at another district.
Nicole grew up outside San Francisco and graduated from Brown University with a degree in English literature. She is the senior vice president of the Asian American Journalists Association. In her spare time, she loves to run, enjoys hiking and roots tirelessly for the San Francisco Giants. She is also a connoisseur of Filipino cuisine and said she plans to eat at D.C.’s Bad Saint restaurant as often as possible.