Two APTN staffers win NAJA Free Press award

Pugliese is APTN’s executive director of news and current affairs, while Brake is a reporter/correspondent in the network’s Ottawa bureau.

The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) has singled out two APTN journalists for upholding freedom of the press.

Karyn Pugliese and Justin Brake will receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award in September, which recognizes dedication and commitment to upholding freedom of the press, information and transparency in Indian Country.

NAJA will hold its 2019 National Native Media Conference in Prior Lake, Minn.

Pugliese is APTN’s executive director of news and current affairs, while Brake is a reporter/correspondent in the network’s Ottawa bureau.

They were nominated for, among other coverage, stories about the Indigenous-led occupation of the Muskrat Fall hydroelectric dam on Innu territory in Labrador.

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Investigative Reporter / Winnipeg

Award-winning reporter Kathleen Martens covers western and northern Canada for aptnnews.ca. A veteran of the Brandon Sun, Sun Media and APTN Investigates, she is based in APTN’s head office, specializing in stories about property, women’s rights and community.