Jason Strudwick is now co-host of City Edmonton’s new Dinner Television news/talk/variety show. A retired four-time, multi-scoring NHL defenseman, Strudwick, finished his hockey career playing for his hometown team, the Edmonton Oilers. Following two decades of athletic experience, he found his new calling in the broadcast industry as host of a local Edmonton radio sports talk show. Now, he’s back in front of the camera.
Claire Hanna joins Strudwick, and two former hosts from City Edmonton’s now defunct Breakfast Television. Vancouver-born and Calgary-raised, she has covered a range of sports events, including MMA fights, college sports, and volleyball tournaments. She covered the London and Sochi Olympic Games as a media/communications specialist. She was a member of the Canadian Women’s National Volleyball team from 2009 -13 and played professionally in Belgium from 2012 – 13. Among her many other achievements, Hanna was honoured with the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Libero of the Year Award in 2010.
Shelley Youngblut, former editor of Calgary Herald‘s Swerve Magazine is now the interim General Director of WordFest, Calgary’ International Literary Festival. It runs this year from October 13 to 18. Tom Babin is now Swerve’s Editor-in-Chief.
Jeff Holubitsky, former publisher and editor of the now defunct See Magazine, is now the editor of the St. Albert Gazette weekly newspaper.
Tyler Nagel, an instructor in the journalism program at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, is the newest member of The Canadian Communications Foundation’s (CCF) board of directors.
Lisa Wolansky joins the Global Edmonton team from Shaw TV in Calgary where she worked as a reporter. She was raised in St. Albert and took her post secondary schooling here in Edmonton at the Radio and Television Arts program at NAIT.
Alberta’s newest radio station CKSS 88.1 FM – Parkland’s Best Country, Stony Plain’s first local radio station, has some new faces: Kevin Albus, morning host from 5:30 to 9am, formerly host at 93.3 FM CJOK in Fort McMurray; Chad Coughlin, morning news anchor/reporter, born in Edmonton, studied drama at U of A, graduate of SAIT’s broadcast news program; Jenn Dalen, middays from 10:30 to 2pm, formerly program director for 93.1 FM – The One, CJLD its sister station in Leduc.; Thomas Strangward, afternoon news anchor/sports reporter from 2 to 7 pm, graduate of SAIT’s broadcast news program; and Katie Stanners, announcer/producer, graduate of NAIT’s radio and television broadcasting program.
Sarah O’Donnell is the new Sports Editor at the Edmonton Journal, the first woman in the paper’s history to hold the position. It’s been a good year for O’Donnell. She was nominated for three National Newspaper Awards for editorials she wrote in 2014. A relative newcomer to editorial writing, O’Donnell clinched the prize with articles advocating for Omar Khadr to “tell his own story,” for the Alberta legislature to keep its front doors open in defiance of new security protocols and for Alberta Premier Jim Prentice to call an early election. Prentice ultimately did call an early election resulting in his party’s defeat by the NDP. O’Donnell replaces Craig Ellingson as sports editor who, according to his Twitter account, is moving on to the position of operations editor for the Journal.
Edmonton Journal‘s Marty Klinkenberg is now a sports reporter at the Globe and Mail . His first assignment is to cover Connor McDavid and the Oilers in his first season in the NHL.
Brad Kelly, former weekend host at CRUZ FM in Edmonton is back at CTV Edmonton reporting the weather and replaces Jesse Beyer who moved to Global Edmonton to be their chief meteorologist starting sometime in July.
Glenn Cook, former editor of the now defunct, St Albert Leader is now the managing editor at Avenue Edmonton.
Noemi Lopinto is now the managing editor of Edmonton Woman Magazine and the Edmonton Senior and Calgary Senior monthly newspapers. Former Edmonton-based freelance journalist, she is originally from Montreal where she covered municipal politics and news extensively for the Montreal Mirror, during which time she also wrote and co-produced two radio documentaries for CBC Montreal and CBC Dispatches. She hosted her own news hour magazine for a local French language radio station before moving west to Saskatchewan to take the helm as managing editor of a weekly newspaper serving more than four separate communities. She moved to Edmonton in 2005 to work for the Edmonton Journal as a beat reporter and subsequently became a part of Venture Publishing’s contract publishing division as an editor, before moving on to a position as a national news television reporter/correspondent for the Aboriginal People’s Television Network, where she served for more than three years.
John Archer, CBC Edmonton’s reporter at the Alberta legislature since 2004 and head of the Alberta Press Gallery is now the newly appointed media officer for Premier’s office. He joins other local reporters who now work in various communications portfolios for the Alberta Government including Laurie Callsen, formerly with Metro Edmonton, now digital content creator and communications assistant for the Premier and the Alberta NDPs, Leah Holiday, formerly with Metro Edmonton, now press secretary for Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education and Ministry of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, and Cheryl Oates, formerly with Global TV Lethbridge and a SAIT alumni, now the media relations officer for Premier Notley.