Passionate, determined and diligent are just a few words that describe Nicole Hickl. Nicole Anchors the 5, 6 and 10pm Newscasts at KGBT in Harlingen, TX. Although she was accepted at the University of St. Thomas in Houston on conditional admission, she is proud to say that she graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 2012 with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Psychology. Nicole had the honor of serving as the Graduation Commencement Speaker along with one of her close colleagues. At St. Thomas, Nicole was in the Communication and Psychology National Honors Society, the Vice President of Student Government Association, the President of Presidential Ambassadors, the coach of the UST Cheerleaders and was named Woman of the Year in 2012.
Born and raised in Houston, Nicole had the opportunity to intern at ABC 13 and FOX 26. From her internships she learned that working in television was where
she needed to be. Her passion for working in TV derived from her love of helping others and making their voices heard.
Nicole began her reporting/anchoring career in Victoria, TX where she was hired as the weekend anchor/MMJ. Nicole worked there for almost 2 years and learned a lot from reporting, shooting, editing, producing, anchoring, and posting content on web. Nicole was also the morning show co-host for the #1 radio station in Victoria, Hit Radio 104.7. She was able to cover a story over a gay couple that was kicked out of a country western bar. The story received national attention and was even featured on CNN’s website. In August 2014, her story was awarded the Excellence in Local Television Award by the NLGJA. Most recently, as a result of her consistent dedication to treatment for people with mental illness, through her series “Mental Health Unmasked”, Nicole has been awarded the 2019 Counseling Advocacy Award by the graduates of the UTRGV Master of Counseling program as well as the 2019 Frank M. Adams Award by the Texas Council. Her efforts have also been recognized by The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism.
Nicole is also a 1st degree black belt in Chun Kuk Do and has won several awards including state and city championships. She has also had the pleasure of teaching karate to adults and children.
She lives in Texas with her beautiful daughter and her husband.