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Angel Moore Angel Moore Video Journalist | Halifax
Angel Moore is a proud Cree from the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. Angel grew up in Winnipeg and has a Journalism degree from the University of King’s College. She also has a degree from Dalhousie University in International Development Studies and Environmental Sustainability. Angel joined APTN News in June 2018 as the correspondent in the Halifax bureau and covers Atlantic Canada.
Annette Francis Annette Francis Reporter | Ottawa
Annette is Anishinaabe from Alderville First Nation. She started at APTN as an Ottawa Correspondent in 2007 and has covered Indigenous issues from Parliament Hill and First Nation communities across Ontario. She has also freelanced for CBC Indigenous and Ricochet Media.
Cierra Bettens Cierra Bettens Reporter | Winnipeg
Cierra is a Red River Métis reporter based in Winnipeg. She got her start in journalism working as a city reporter and arts and culture editor at the Uniter and later interned at the Winnipeg Free Press. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg.
Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs Video Journalist | Yellowknife
Charlotte joined APTN in January 2017 as a video journalist in Yellowknife, N.W.T.. Before coming to APTN she interned at CTV Lethbridge, earned her BA in feminist research from Western University and her obtained post-graduate in journalism at Humber College.
Chris Stewart Chris Stewart Video Journalist | Edmonton
Chris Stewart has been in the media for 20 years. He has worked at CBC, Global and CTV as a news camera operator and editor. Chris joined APTN in 2012 in the Saskatoon Bureau and moved to APTN Edmonton bureau in 2015 as a Videojournalist.
Fraser Needham Fraser Needham Reporter | Ottawa
Fraser spent the last 20 years working in both print and radio in Saskatchewan – mostly in the northern part of the province. Before joining APTN’s Ottawa bureau, he was news director for the Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation working out of their Prince Albert office. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Carleton University and a diploma of journalism from Algonquin College.
Kijâtai-Alexandra Veillette-Cheezo Kijâtai-Alexandra Veillette-Cheezo Reporter | Montreal
Kijâtai is a member of the Anishnabe Nation and their family comes from the Lac Simon community. For the last 15 years, Kijâtai directed a few prized short films and performed in theatre. Their involvement in the city’s indigenous and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities allows them to work towards elevating voices that are often underrepresented. They are currently completing their degree in communications (journalism) at UQAM.
Marisela Amador Marisela Amador Reporter | Montreal
Before joining APTN National News, Marisela was a Reporter-Editor at The Canadian Press. She started her career in 2018 at the award-winning community newspaper The Eastern Door, where she broke important stories that impacted the Mohawk communities in Southern Quebec, first as a reporter and then as the Assistant Editor. Marisela was born in Nicaragua and moved to Montreal as a child.
Rachel May Rachel May Video Journalist | Saskatoon
Rachel is Métis from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After gaining her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology in 2014 and working in health care she went back to school in 2021 at Western Academy Broadcasting College to pursue her passion for news. Before joining APTN she worked at Pattison Media Saskatchewan as the provincial news anchor. Rachel joined APTN in 2023 and is now a video journalist in Saskatoon.
Sara Connors Sara Connors Reporter | Whitehorse
Sara Connors is originally from Nova Scotia and has a Journalism degree from the University of King’s College in Halifax. After graduation she worked in South Korea for two years as an English Language teacher and freelance journalist. After she returned home in 2019 she worked behind the scenes at CTV Atlantic in Halifax before joining APTN's Yukon bureau in July 2020.
Sav Jonsa Sav Jonsa Reporter | Winnipeg
Sav Jonsa is a proud Two-Spirit Michif with familial roots in the Parisien family of St. Norbert, Winnipeg as well as English on their mother's side. They are Hungarian on their father's side. They attended the University of Winnipeg for writing and film. An avid writer since childhood, they began reporting news in 2022 through an internship with APTN. Sav is now a full time reporter and an occasional host on the APTN National News.
Tiar Wheatle Tiar Wheatle Reporter | Winnipeg
Tiar was born and raised on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba. Tiar has also worked for CBC Winnipeg, The Fifth Estate and CBC Indigenous Unit where she was one of the main researchers on a multimedia interactive database about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Tiar also worked for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Tiar is back at APTN News after a decade away.
Tina House Tina House Video Journalist | Vancouver
A proud Métis from BC, Tina began her television career in 1997 as a talent agent for film and TV. She joined APTN National News in 2007 as a Video Journalist in the Vancouver bureau. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Amnesty International Human Rights Journalism Award for her story on murdered and missing women and girls.
Danielle Paradis Danielle Paradis Online Journalist | Edmonton
Danielle is a Métis writer, journalist, editor, educator, and podcaster who lives in Treaty 6 (Edmonton, Alberta). She has written for both local and international audiences. You can read (or hear) her work at Macleans, Chatelaine, Toronto Star (Edmonton), Canadian True Crime Podcast, The Sprawl and now APTN News. Danielle covers politics, arts and culture, and Indigenous Issues.
Kathleen Martens Kathleen Martens Online Journalist | 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.
Kerry Slack Kerry Slack Online Journalist | Ottawa
Kerry is from the journalism program at Algonquin College in Ottawa. After years of waitressing, the pandemic lockdown led her back to school. While her initial love was writing, she also developed a passion for visual storytelling. With 26 bylines for The Algonquin Times, Kerry hopes to expand her storytelling abilities and gain valuable on-the-job experience.
Jesse Andrushko Jesse Andrushko Digital Media Editor | Winnipeg
Jesse is Métis from rural Manitoba. He graduated with honours in multimedia communications from the Université de Saint-Boniface. After his internship through Journalists for Human Rights, Jesse was hired as a full-time Social Media Editor for APTN National News in 2016.
Savannah Kelly Savannah Kelly Digital Media Editor | Winnipeg
Savannah is a Red River Métis from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was one of the first recipients of the APTN National Scholarship in 2016 and graduated from the Creative Communications program at Red River College in 2017. Savannah joined the APTN National News team as a Social Media Editor in September 2020.
Creeson Agecoutay Creeson Agecoutay Host Producer
Creeson is Nehiyaw/Plains Cree from Cowessess First Nation in Treaty 4 Territory. For more than 16 years, he has been a host, local and national reporter in Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. Manitoba is now home for him working as a host/producer for APTN National News in Winnipeg. Creeson holds a degree in journalism from the University of Regina and has won numerous journalism awards, including for a number of stories he did on the impacts of unmarked residential school graves in his home of Cowessess in 2021.
Dennis Ward Dennis Ward Host/Producer | Winnipeg
Dennis is Métis from southern Manitoba. After spending a decade working in TV in Alberta and Ontario, Dennis returned to Manitoba to join APTN. In 2016, he won a Canadian Association of Journalists award for his story A Soldier Scorned for APTN Investigates. In 2017, he became a host/producer for APTN National News and Face to Face.
Shushan Bacon Shushan Bacon Host/Reporter | Montreal
Shushan is a proud Innu from the community of Uashtat mak Mani-Utenam who joined the Nouvelles Nationales d’APTN team as a correspondent in Montreal. She grew up in Wendake and studied public communications at Laval University in Quebec City. She did an internship in the summer of 2001 as a journalist at APTN and is pleased to be back!
Charmaine Straker Charmaine Straker Executive Producer Show | Winnipeg
Charmaine Straker, executive producer at APTN News, comes from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba and is a member of the Berens River First Nation. Her broadcasting career, sparked at Yellowquill College's Aboriginal Broadcast Training Initiative, began at Global Winnipeg. After various roles within APTN and a stint at CTV Winnipeg, Charmaine returned to APTN in 2012 rising to executive leadership. Her dedication to Indigenous storytelling, along with her involvement in soccer, showcasing her leadership and teamwork skills, have been pivotal in her professional growth.
Bruce Spence Bruce Spence Producer | Winnipeg
Bruce has been a member of the APTN News team since its inception in February 2000. A member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, he has over 30 years experience as a journalist.
Jesse Staniforth Jesse Staniforth Producer | Montreal
Jesse joined APTN as a producer after 16 years as a print and web journalist. During seven of those years, he covered the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee for community newsmagazine The Nation. Jesse’s writing on Indigenous issues has also appeared in Canadian Geographic, the Toronto Star, the Rover, The Eastern Door, Metro, and the Huffington Post.
Mark Blackburn Mark Blackburn Online News and Digital Media Producer | Ottawa
Before moving to become the APTN News social media producer, Mark was the executive producer for the news in eastern Canada. Before starting with APTN in 2009, Mark worked at CBC Radio and Television in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.
Sandra Seidel Sandra Seidel Line-Up Producer | Winnipeg
Sandra is of Cree and German ancestry and a member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation in northern Manitoba. She grew up in the city of Winnipeg and joined APTN in 2000. Sandra was the associate director for many years before securing the position of line-up producer for news through mentorship and training.
Todd Lamirande Todd Lamirande Executive Producer | Ottawa
Todd Lamirande is Red River Métis. Todd first joined APTN in 2000 as a writer - researcher. He went on to be a videojournalist based in Vancouver. Todd has hosted three programs for APTN News and Current Affairs: the national news, Investigates and Nation to Nation.
Cheryl McKenzie Cheryl McKenzie Executive Director of News and Current Affairs | Winnipeg
Cheryl McKenzie began working as a reporter for APTN in June 2001. Her work has been nominated for a Gemini Award and a Canadian Association of Broadcasters award. In October 2005 Cheryl became Host/Producer for the launch of APTN National News: Daytime. Since then she has been Host/Producer for Contact, APTN Investigates, APTN National News and APTN InFocus.