APTN National News delivers the news of the day and provides a more in-depth look at the issues facing Aboriginal communities in Canada and around the world. Be sure to tune into APTN National News for news that not only informs, but inspires.
You can count on the APTN News team to bring you more comprehensive coverage of the stories that matter to you.
Director of News and Current Affairs
Ms. Pugliese joins APTN as the Director of News and Current Affairs in July 2012 with more than 15 years of experience in the broadcast and communications industries. She 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.
Michael is a citizen of the Misipawistik Cree Nation. His journalism career began at the Calgary Straight which led to a reporter position for aboriginaltimes, a monthly supplement to the Globe and Mail. A year after his arrival, he was appointed managing editor. After a few years as writer/editor at the Indian Claims Commission in Ottawa, Michael was the Communication Coordinator for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and for the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba prior to joining APTN.
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.
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.
Executive Producer – East
Mark has a strong background in journalism. Over the last 10 years he has worked as a reporter, investigative reporter, host/producer, chase producer and producer.
Executive Producer – North
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.
Executive Producer – North
Executive Producer West – Pieter Romer Joined APTN in 2012. He is an award winning journalist with more than a decade of experience producing Aboriginal stories. Prior to joining APTN he worked as the Senior Producer of CTV’s First Story. He has covered international stories such as documenting the Ainu of Japan, and has tackled stories about climate change in Old Crow, Yukon. This BC Nisga’a Wolf is proud to break barriers and make history with APTN National News & Current Affairs.
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.
National Assignment Editor
A seasoned journalist for over 14 years, Murray’s experience includes time as a foreign correspondent and Bureau Chief for CTV in Africa and Iraq, an investigative journalist at CBC, and a freelance writer for numerous print outlets and radio stations.
REPORTERS/VIDEO JOURNALISTS +
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.
Malaya Qaunirq Chapman has returned back to her hometown Iqaluit after living in Los Angeles for 7 years. The best of both worlds has helped her stay motivated in sending the message on Northern issues such as Suicide Prevention and Inuit Rights. Malaya has been with APTN since July of 2012.
Wayne joined APTN in 2009 after graduating from Confederation College. After an internship, he was hired as a summer student and then as full time reporter in Iqaluit. He now works in APTN’s 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.
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 .
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.
Annette joined APTN’s Ottawa Bureau in January 2008. She is a proud Ojibway member of Alderville First Nation in Ontario.
Originally from Iqaluit, Nigel put his TV broadcasting and journalism training to work for the CBC and Eye Steel Film before joining APTN.
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.
Delaney is a member of the Muskowekwan First Nation in Saskatchewan. She graduated from the University of Regina’s School of Journalism. Currently based in Toronto, Delaney initially joined the APTN news team in 2010 as a video journalist for the Saskatoon bureau.
A member of Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation in Ontario, Donna graduated from journalism school in 1999. She started at APTN in 2002. An experienced producer and anchor, Donna is currently a reporter/correspondent.
Keith is a member of the Driftpile Cree Nation in Alberta. He became a part of the APTN National News team in 2011 after a brief stint with Shaw TV Edmonton as a freelance reporter. He brings a fresh perspective to the video journalist position in the Edmonton bureau as a graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Radio & Television Arts Program in 2010 and a multiple-award winning recording artist.
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.
Ntawnis Piapot (Cree) is from the Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Journalism from the University of Regina and a diploma from the Indian Communication Arts Program at the First Nations University of Canada. Before joining APTN as a Reporter/Correspondent, she worked both as a Video Journalist at CTV and a Reporter at CBC.
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. Shaneen is a multi-award winning writer/playwright/journalist and has been a host on NCI FM, and a reporter for CTV News Winnipeg. Shaneen is honoured to be part of the APTN News National News Team.
A part of APTN National news since 2005, Rob brings to APTN almost twenty years of broadcast experience.
A proud Mêtis 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.
Matt joined APTN National News in 2006 as a Junior Researcher. He has been part of APTN since 2003 after he completed his broadcast training with the Manitoba Indian Cultural Education Centre’s Aboriginal Broadcast Training Initiative.