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About APTN National News

Annette Francis


Ottawa Bureau

afrancis@aptn.ca @APTNAFrancis    

Annette joined APTN’s Ottawa Bureau in January 2008. She is a proud Ojibway member of Alderville First Nation in Ontario.

Chris Stewart

Video Journalist

Edmonton Bureau

cstewart@aptn.ca @aptnchris  

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.

Danielle Rochette


Montreal Bureau

drochette@aptn.ca @danfromest

Danielle Rochette joined the APTN News team in August 2004 as a Reporter and Quebec Correspondent. She graduated from Concordia University in 1990 and is a proud member of the Huron-Wendat community of Wendake.

Willow Fiddler

Video Journalist

Thunder Bay Bureau

wfiddler@aptn.ca @WillowBlasizzo  

Willow is an Oji-Cree Anishinabe from Sandy Lake First Nation. Her background is in print journalism and she studied multimedia before entering broadcast news . She is passionate about the stories of the Anishinabe in northwestern Ontario, particularly in the remote north.

Kent Driscoll

Video Journalist

Iqaluit Bureau

kdriscoll@aptn.ca @KentDriscoll  

Kent has been APTN’s Nunavut correspondent since 2007. In that time he has closely covered Inuit issues, including devolution and the controversial Nutrition North food subsidy. He has also worked for CKIQ-FM in Iqaluit and as a reporter for Nunavut News North.

Larissa Burnouf

Saskatoon Bureau

lburnouf@aptn.ca @APTNLarissa  

Larissa Burnouf has been a reporter/correspondent for the Saskatoon Bureau since 2009. She spent five years as a reporter/on-air personality with MBC Radio, Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal radio network.

Tamara Pimentel

Video Journalist 

Calgary Bureau

tpimentel@aptn.ca @Tamara_APTN    

Tamara is Métis from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received a diploma in interactive media arts at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon and has worked as a videographer for CBC in Winnipeg and Iqaluit. Tamara was hired by APTN in 2016 as a camera/editor and is now a video journalist in our Saskatoon bureau.

Shaneen Robinson


Winnipeg Bureau

srobinson@aptn.ca @shaneenthescene  

Shaneen Robinson is a proud member of the Cree and Gitxsan Nations. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications in 2008 from the University of Winnipeg, and a Diploma in Broadcast Production from Red River College’s-Creative Communications program in 2005.

Tina House

Video Journalist 

Vancouver Bureau

thouse@aptn.ca @inthehouse7  

A proud Métis from BC, Tina began her television career in 1997 as a videographer. She has also produced documentaries and feature films that have won numerous awards at various film festivals.

Tom Fennario

Video Journalist 

Montreal Bureau

tfennario@aptn.ca @tfennario  

Born and raised in Montreal, Tom cut his teeth working in community television in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory before joining APTN National news as a cameraman editor in 2008. In 2015 he was promoted to Video Journalist and has since helped cover important stories such as the Muskrat Falls protest in Labrador and anti-pipeline actions in North Dakota.

Trina Roache


Halifax Bureau

troache@aptn.ca @TrinaRoache  

Trina Roache has returned to APTN as the Halifax Correspondent. She brings with her fifteen years of experience as a broadcast journalist with CBC and APTN. A storyteller at heart – Trina covers what’s happening with Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy people in the Atlantic region.

Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs

Video Journalist

Yellowknife Bureau 



Charlotte is originally from rural southern Ontario. After graduating from women’s studies she completed her post-graduate at Humber College in broadcast and digital journalism. She worked in southern Alberta in radio news before joining APTN in Yellowknife.

Brittany Hobson

Reporter Winnipeg Bureau bhobson@aptn.ca @bhobs22  

Brittany joined the APTN news team in October 2016. She is Ojibway and a member of the Long Plain First Nation in Manitoba. Before coming to APTN, she graduated with a joint degree in communications from the University of Winnipeg and Red River College.

Dennis Ward


Winnipeg Bureau

dward@aptn.ca @DennisWardNews  

Originally, from southern Manitoba, Dennis spent 2 years working for CHAT-TV in Medicine Hat and 8 years as a Video-Journalist in Thunder Bay at TBTV. Dennis returned to Manitoba to join APTN’s Winnipeg bureau as a reporter/correspondent in September 2014.

Cheryl McKenzie


cmckenzie@aptn.ca @CMc_Kenzie  

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 and is now Host/Producer for APTN National News and APTN InFocus.

Jorge Barrera

Host/Producer - Nation to Nation 

Ottawa Bureau  jbarrera@aptn.ca @JorgeBarrera  

Jorge Barrera has worked across the country and internationally. Before joining APTN, he worked for Canwest News Service, Sun Media and the Moncton Times & Transcript. He also worked in Caracas, Venezuela, for an English-language daily. Jorge has won a 2011 Canadian Association of Journalist award and was the J-Source 2012 newsperson of the year.

Kenneth Jackson

Senior Researcher 

Ottawa Bureau  kjackson@aptn.ca @afixedaddress  

Ken is an award-winning investigative journalist with a decade of reporting experience who played a key role in breaking the Bruce Carson story on APTN in 2011 which led to an award from the Canadian Association of Journalists. Ken has worked out of APTN’s Ottawa bureau since October 2012.

Brandi Morin


Edmonton Bureau

bmorin@aptn.ca @Songstress28  

Brandi Morin, Metis, born and raised in Alberta comes from a print journalism background and possess a passion for telling Indigenous stories. Based outside Edmonton, she completed the APTN internship program and is now hard at work telling a variety of stories for aptn national news online.

Mark Blackburn

Ottawa bureau mblackburn@aptn.ca @MBlackburn21  

Before moving to become the APTN National 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.

Shirley McLean

Producer - InFocus 

Winnipeg Bureau 

smclean@aptn.ca @shirlmclean      

Shirley comes to APTN with extensive experience in broadcasting. She’s been a producer with the Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon, and CTV and reported for CBC. Shirley is Tlingit and Tagish from the Daklawedi Killer Whale Clan and belongs to the Carcross/Tagish First Nation in the Yukon. She is a recipient of the National 2010 RTNDA Adrienne Clarkson Diversity Award.

Francine Compton

Executive Producer

Ottawa Bureau 


Francine joined APTN full-time in February, 2000 and is now the Executive Producer of APTN National News in the East. She is a member of the Sandy Bay First Nation in Manitoba.

Mark Solnoky

Executive Producer

Vancouver Bureau


Executive Producer for the West and North, Mark has been in News and Current Affairs for over 20 years. He has won dozens of national and international awards and edited shows such a Man Alive, the Fifth Estate and CBC Disclosure.

Bruce Spence

Line Producer

Winnipeg Bureau 

bspence@aptn.ca @NDNCarguy    

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.

Karyn Pugliese

Executive Director of News and Current Affairs


Ms. Pugliese joined APTN as the Director of News and Current Affairs in July 2012 and was promoted to Executive Director of News and Current Affairs in June 2014. She brings more than 15 years of experience in the broadcast and communications industries to the network. Ms. Pugliese also has years of experience investigating and reporting controversial and hard-hitting stories which have garnered national attention. Her stories have won Native American Journalism Awards and she was also nominated for a Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Gold Ribbon Award.