About APTN National News

Annette Francis

Reporter

Ottawa Bureau

 

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

Chris Stewart

VJ

Edmonton Bureau

Danielle Rochette

Reporter

Montreal Bureau

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

VJ

Thunder Bay Bureau

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

VJ

Iqaluit Bureau

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

VJ

Saskatoon Bureau

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

VJ

Saskatoon Bureau

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

Reporter

Winnipeg Bureau

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.

Dennis Ward

Reporter

Winnipeg Bureau

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.

Tina House

VJ

Vancouver Bureau

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

VJ

Montreal Bureau

Trina Roache

Reporter

Halifax Bureau

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.

Cheryl McKenzie

Host/Produce

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. After anchoring over 400 Daytime news broadcasts, Cheryl moved on to Host/Produce APTN’s current affairs program, Contact, for two seasons.

Jorge Barrera

Ottawa Bureau

Kenneth Jackson

Ottawa Bureau

Ken is an award-winning investigative journalist with a decade of reporting experience. He has spent the last several years reporting on crime and justice with a focus on the sex trade, gangs and police with various publications in Ottawa. Ken 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 and investigates stories for the web and broadcast.

Brandi Morin

Reporter

Edmonton Bureau

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.

Naomi Clarke

Executive Show Producer

A member of the Sagkeeng First Nation, Naomi has been with APTN since 2000, tackling a variety of jobs from researcher to reporter, to live event producer

Shirley McLean

Producer - Winnipeg

 

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.

Mark Blackburn

Ottawa bureau

Mark has been with APTN National News for 8 years. Before coming to APTN he worked at CBC in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.

Francine Compton

Executive Producer

Francine began her career as a host/reporter for the Medicine Wheel show on APTN. She joined APTN full-time in February, 2000, where she held various roles, including associate director, reporter, video-journalist, editor and television director. She started producing APTN Investigates when the show launched in 2009. She is also the go-to, fill-in producer for APTN National News. Francine is Anishinaabe, she grew up on the pow-wow trail, and has always practiced her culture.

Mark Solnoky

Executive Producer

Executive Producer 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. He moved to Yellowknife eight years ago and worked as show producer for CBC North. He joined APTN three years ago.

Bruce Spence

Line Producer

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.