Nicole Darden-CrestonMorning Edition Host and Reporter
Nicole came to Central Florida in 1997 to attend Rollins College, and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. Since 2002, she’s served as a field reporter and news anchor, covering everything from national elections to local arts, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy. When local issues have received international attention, Nicole has reported worldwide for TV news outlets such as CNN, HLN, ABC, Fox News Channel, and BBC News 24.
When she’s off duty, Nicole can often be found performing with one of Central Florida’s many theatre companies, or taking in local arts, culture and music.
Recent Stories from Nicole Darden-Creston
UCF journalism professor Rick Brunson took to Facebook to share the response he got when he wore an “I Love Journalism” t-shirt to his usual Orlando coffee shop. A fellow regular told Brunson he “should be shot.”
Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says he has noticed a pattern since the election: economic growth is accelerating and interest rates are rising. But is that trend likely to continue?
The OneOrlando Fund has distributed $27.4 million to victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting and their families. That accounts for 98 percent of the eligible requests for aid the fund was set up to handle.
Preliminary reports say Black Friday sales were stronger than expected, mostly due to a surge in on line shopping. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says you can learn a lot from retail sales reports about the financial state of the nation and your neighborhood, and that these initial reports seem to bring glad tidings.
Newly-released October data for Florida’s labor market shows smaller jobs gains and slightly higher unemployment, but 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says that’s not as scary as it may seem.
Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says that in the midst of all the focus on the election, some important news for Florida’s housing markets was released. As he tells 90.7’s Nicole Creston, drilling down into the details reveals a significantly mixed bag, but the headline is this: sales of existing homes stalled out in September.
Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says if he mentions the phrase “gross domestic product” to people who aren’t in his line of work, he can sometimes see their eyes glaze over. But GDP matters, he says, and you may be surprised just how much – especially in the Sunshine State, and even more acutely here in central Florida.
This is the 74th month in a row that state numbers show Florida’s job growth is strong. You may be getting used to hearing that good news by now…but economic analyst Hank Fishkind says that even another thumbs-up report has a few surprises up its sleeve.
The latest annual poll of Floridians by the USF/Neilson Sunshine State Survey asked respondents the open-ended question, “What is the most important issue facing Florida?” The top answer was the economy and jobs…even though Florida has seen very strong job growth since 2009. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind explores why Floridians are still concerned.
New housing market data show national numbers are very different from Florida’s. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind breaks down what it all means for Orlando and the state.