APTN’s new current affairs unit digs deep into the most complex issues of the day, asking the questions and getting the answers you won’t see anywhere else. Using long form, in depth investigative journalism techniques on Aboriginal issues is an idea whose time has come.
Todd is a proud member of the Métis Nation. He began his journalism career as a freelance writer for The First Perspective in 1997, eventually becoming editor of the newspaper. After working as communications officer for the Manitoba Métis Federation, he joined APTN’s news department in 2000. Todd started as a Video-journalist in Vancouver, a position he held for four years, then moved on to co-hosting APTN National News. He is now part of APTN’s Investigative news unit.
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
Francine brings 11 years of television broadcast experience to APTN’s Investigative News Unit. She started at APTN in 2000 as an associate director and was promoted to television director in 2001. Francine directed APTN National News, Contact and all of APTN’s town halls and special broadcasts for five years. Most Recently Francine directed APTN’s 2010 Olympic Winter Games coverage.
Melissa comes from a print journalism background that spans more than a decade and includes reporting stints at the Kenora Daily Miner and News and Calgary Sun. In 2004, she became the Brandon Sun’s youngest city editor. In 1998, Melissa won the Edward Dunlop Award for Investigative Journalism for a series of stories involving a Grassy Narrows First Nation man who died in the custody of the Kenora Police Service. She is a proud Red River Mètis.
Kathleen started her career as a reporter at the weekly Russell Banner and quickly moved up to the daily Brandon Sun. She earned a number of editorial citations there, including a Manitoba Human Rights Journalism Award. Then it was on to the Winnipeg Sun where she became a city editor. Kathleen spent the last few years with CBC Radio as a reporter, associate producer and assignment editor. More recently she was an assignment producer with CBC TV in Winnipeg.
Josh has worked in print, radio, and TV journalism in Winnipeg since 2003, with stints at The Uniter, The Great Canadian Talk Show on 92.9 KICK FM, and APTN National News. An alumnus of the Creative Communications program at Red River College, Josh also brings years of behind-the-scenes video and audio production experience to APTN’s investigative news unit.