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About APTN Investigates

APTN Investigates is the first Indigenous investigative news program in Canada. The show offers viewers hard-hitting investigative reports and stories that change lives. Produced by award-winning journalists, APTN Investigates is committed to seeking the truth for our people.




paul-barnsley-1Paul Barnsley
Executive Producer

Paul has been described by the Ryerson Review of Journalism as “one of Canada’s best Aboriginal affairs investigative reporters.” Prior to joining APTN, Paul served as national news editor/senior writer for Windspeaker, an Edmonton-based Aboriginal news publication distributed nationally. His stint with Windspeaker began in 1997, after nearly five years with the Six Nations weekly newspaper Tekawennake


Holly Moore

A lifelong Winnipegger, Holly Moore is an investigative journalist with 16 years of experience working on news and documentaries. Most recently, she was an Associate Producer with CBC Manitoba’s I-team where she produced nation-wide projects for CBC’s Indigenous Unit. She has a keen interest in covering Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and exposing systemic problems wherever they exist. An expert in deep research and never giving up, she strives through her work to hold powerful forces to account.

Melissa Ridgen
Melissa Ridgen
Senior Researcher/Writer

Melissa has been a journalist for 20 years, covering everything from crime and courts to politics, Aboriginal affairs and business. Melissa joined APTN in 2009 after more than a decade writing for newspapers including the Kenora Daily Miner and News, Calgary Sun, and Brandon Sun. She won the Edward Dunlop Award for Investigative Journalism in 1998 and in 2014 was named a finalist for investigative reporting by the World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network. She is a proud Red River Mètis.




Joshn Grummett
Josh Grummett
Video Journalist

Josh has worked in journalism and broadcasting in Winnipeg since 2003, and has been with APTN Investigates since 2010. An alumnus of the Creative Communications program at Red River College, Josh brings years of behind-the-scenes video and audio production experience to APTN’s investigative news unit.
Rob Smith
Video Journalist
Vancouver Bureau

Rob is a member of the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation from Kingcome Inlet BC. He’s been a part of APTN National news since 2005, Rob brings to APTN almost twenty years of broadcast experience. He has joined APTN Investigates for the 2013-14 season.
Cullen Crozier
Video Journalist
Yellowknife Bureau

Cullen is a proud member of the Gwich’in Nation and was born and raised in the capitol of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife. After studying Film and Video Production at the University of Regina he was hired as a Video Journalist for APTN National News in 2008. He has joined APTN Investigates for the 2013-14 season.