The Red Deer Advocate is a daily newspaper in Red Deer, Alberta. Published by Black Press, the newspaper was first established in 1901 as the Red Deer Echo, changing its name to Alberta Advocate in 1903 and Red Deer Advocate in 1906. Originally it was a weekly newspaper issued on Fridays. The Advocate now publishes daily, from Tuesday to Friday as the Monday edition was dropped late in 2016, with the slogan “Central Alberta’s Daily Newspaper”.
The newspaper publishes weekly supplements called Friday Forward (for city residents) and Central Alberta Life (for rural communities), and owns three weekly newspapers covering surrounding outlying Alberta towns: the Ponoka News in Ponoka, the Rimbey Review in Rimbey and the Stettler Independent in Stettler. Recently, it changed the format of its newspaper from a broadsheet to a tabloid and launched a new website. In addition to printing its own weekly and daily products, the Advocate presses also print, by contract, several other newspapers covering communities in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
|Mary Kemmis - Publisher, has been with Black Press in British Columbia since 2006 before heading east to Alberta in 2015. Prior to joining Black Press, Mary started her career as a reporter before moving into newspaper sales and sales management. She also spent several years in with Rogers Radio in Alberta and B.C. In her spare time, Mary enjoys spending time with her family and exploring communities throughout Central Alberta.
|Crystal Rhyno - Managing Editor, has covered everything from breaking news, municipal and provincial elections, council meetings to social issues in her six years at the Advocate. In 2016, Crystal became Advocate’s managing editor. She has worked at newspapers in northern Alberta and Ontario and even spent four years teaching English, Biology and History in South Korea. In her spare time, Crystal enjoys running ultra marathons, hiking and trying new vegan recipes.
|Lana Michelin - Reporter, has been a reporter for the Red Deer Advocate since moving to the city in 1991. She’s since become familiar with a wide array of Central Alberta issues and personalities, covering everything from municipal affairs, to health and environment, to arts and entertainment.
|Byron Hackett - Sports Reporter, has been the sports reporter at the advocate since December of 2016. He likes to spend his time in cold hockey arenas accompanied by luke warm, watered down coffee. Can be found in the summer on baseball fields, tossing his putter at the golf course and covering any sport that comes his way.
|Paul Cowley -
Reporter, grew up in Brampton, Ont. and began his journalism career in 1990 at the Alaska Highway News in Fort. St. John, B.C. He joined the Red Deer Advocate after stops in Grande Prairie and Edmonton. He has covered just about every beat at one time or another.
|Susan Zielinski - Reporter, has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues. She has always felt that the media is about helping people by shining a light on problems or challenges, encouraging public dialogue to work towards solutions, and looking out for those who need a hand.
|Murray Crawford - Reporter, joined the Advocate in October 2012. In his time at the Advocate he has covered everything from sports to politics to crime. When not working, he takes to the mountains in the West Country.
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