Nicole is the Executive Producer of 9Wants to Know at KUSA/9News in Denver by day and is Executive Producer of Vap/Sidener household by night!

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Biography

Nicole leads a team of award winning reporters and producers who investigate government corruption, questionable business practices, crime, and scams targeting the people of Colorado.

Nicole and her team are the proud winners of a 2011 Columbia DuPont Silver Baton for excellence in journalism.

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Interview

How is social media changing news?

Making journalists more accountable

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

No character could compare to what real journalists experience each and every day.

What's your favorite social network?

I am bi-polar when it comes to social. For my personal communication with friends--Facebook rules. I love Twitter for professional work.

The duPont Columbia Award

2011
"9News at 10, Keys to the Castle," "The 9News team spent months unraveling a string of predatory frauds that created two sets of victims – those facing foreclosure and those looking to rent. They followed the story halfway around the world to expose a man taking advantage of foreclosed homeowners and desperate renters in five states, including Colorado. The team talked to dozens of victims, used local, state and federal public records, court records, surveillance and social networking to uncover the plot. Their dogged reporting sparked state and federal investigations of similar fraud in other states, and is a telling part of the larger story of America’s mortgage crisis." Jace Larson, investigative reporter; Nicole Vap, investigative executive producer; Anna Hewson, investigative producer, photojournalist View Keys to the Castle: 9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=125381. View a video journal from 9News: vimeo.com/dupontawards/2011-9news.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Award

2012 - Finalist-FOI Award
In a joint investigation with the Denver Post, 9NEWS uncovered 72 of the 175 Colorado children who have died of child abuse over the past 5 years were known to the agency that is supposed to keep them safe--human services. The series revealed how those children were “Failed to Death” by each and every person they had ever known. Reporters fought for access to public documents, police reports, and court records, along with convincing key stakeholders to allow them unprecedented access to every step of the child welfare process. The reporters uncovered a system where accountability and transparency is nearly non-existent and caseworkers find it nearly impossible to assess which children will live and which will not. Since the series first aired, the Colorado Legislature has put a priority on fixing the child welfare system.