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Alberta Media Personality: Dear Departed & Dearly Missed Andy Michaelson

Andy-MichaelsonAndy Michaelson passed away peacefully on May 10 at the age of 71, leaving to mourn his loving wife Carol Fergusson. Born in Calgary, Andy moved to Edmonton as a child. With his warm, friendly and resonant speaking voice, Andy began a career in the 1960s as a radio announcer and reporter at CHED, followed by CKYL Peace River, CJCA Edmonton, and then moved to Vancouver where he was heard on-air over the next two decades as Andy Michaels on CISL-AM, CKNW-AM and as morning show co-host on CJOR-AM.

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Alberta Media Personality – Amber Schinkel, Co-Host of Global Calgary’s Morning News

amber_schinkelAmber Schinkel has co-hosted the Global News Calgary’s Morning News since January 2014. She joined Global Calgary’s news team  in December 2008 after spending two years at Global News Lethbridge and has been a jack-of-all-trades since, working as a reporter, producer, and even weather anchor on occasion. Schinkel was born in Calgary and raised on a farm north of Cochrane, Alberta. Growing up she was a 4-H member and credits the experience for sparking her interest in public speaking and writing.

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Alberta Media Personality: Karen Mykietka, Publisher of Rat Creek Press & Community Builder in Edmonton

Karen-MykietkaA busy woman of many jobs, Karen Mykietka admits that she spends too much time in front of a computer. In the past 20 years, she has lived in the north central Edmonton communities of Eastwood, Alberta Avenue, and now Parkdale, meeting “awesome people everywhere I go.” First as a volunteer for the Rat Creek Press in 2004 and shortly after that as the Publisher, she is a natural born organizer and leader who has a passionate commitment to community. 

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Alberta Media Personality: Daintre Christensen, Traffic Anchor and Co-host, Morning News, Global Edmonton

Daintre ChristensenReporting on traffic-related information for the Edmonton region as well as provincial highway incidents and conditions, Daintre Christensen also conducts interviews for the morning news program. She is a strong supporter of community campaigns such as The Little Warriors and Angel Whispers. “Community work is absolutely a responsibility of a broadcaster,” Christensen says. “We have a huge opportunity to make a difference.”

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Jill Belland – Singer, Dancer, Producer and “On Location Host” for Calgary’s Breakfast Television

Jill Belland CitytvJill Belland is a producer and “On Location Host” of Breakfast Television in Calgary. Her assignments have included rappelling down a 32-story building, training with NHL hockey players, and ski jumping at Canada Olympic Park. As a 15th generation French Canadian, Belland started life in the first solar-powered home in western Canada, which her father and his brothers built in Elk Island, outside Edmonton, and grew up in Calgary where she studied classical piano, trained to be a singer and dreamed of being a professional dancer.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)

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