Personalities

Hal Roberts
Hal Roberts
News Director & Anchor

Hal is a veteran journalist with 30 years in the industry. He worked as a parliamentary reporter on the Hill interviewing federal leaders and cabinet ministers. Hal also covered the Ottawa terrorist attack in 2014, and has worked as an anchor/reporter in Toronto, Peterborough and Calgary. He worked as a reporter and anchor for business shows airing on BNN, Global and CHCH-TV. During his 10 year radio career he hosted a show called Roberts on the Road on KG Country. Hal was blessed to win a few awards in his career including one as senior producer for a TV show on human trafficking which aired on CTS.

Jeannette Rocher
Jeannette Rocher
Morning News Anchor / Segment Producer

Born in Puerto Rico, and raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette Rocher is a graduate of the Creative Communications program at Red River College in Winnipeg where she studied Broadcast Journalism. After completing an internship with the CBC and volunteering at Trinity Television’s “It’s a New Day”, she embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands (including Saipan). She covered a mass shooting that left five dead including two children, an Earth quake, the disappearance of two little girls, murder cases and other huge court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV.

Paul Arthur
Paul Arthur
Weekend Anchor & Chase Producer

Paul Arthur is a veteran broadcaster, including 17 years as the host of Miracle Channel's daily call-in talk show, ‘Insight' – interviewing expert guests from around the world in fields such as politics, family & social issues, education, entertainment, and open line programs. His media start came in radio with nine years of experience including stints in Regina, Medicine Hat, Calgary, and Lethbridge. Paul is the Weekend Anchor and Chase Producer for Bridge City News.

Ainsley O'Riley
Ainsley O'Riley
Video Journalist

Originally from Ontario, Ainsley started her broadcasting career at the age of sixteen with Rogers TV. She is a graduate of the College of Sports Media in Toronto and has previously worked with TSN on The Jay and Dan show, and Canada Laughs on Sirius XM. She has also worked for the Canadian Football League. She is looking forward to connecting with the community.

Naveen Day
Naveen Day
Video Journalist

Naveen came to Lethbridge in 2018 with experience in broadcast spanning over 20 years. In Winnipeg, he produced two factual entertainment shows for Shaw and Bell MTS prior to his move to Southern Alberta where he quickly ventured out into the world of journalism at Bridge City News. Naveen has a passion for producing thought-provoking and informative news pieces that answer questions we all have in the back of our minds.

Laurice Alexander
Laurice Alexander
Video Journalist

Born in India, raised in Toronto- Laurice has also lived in Vancouver, England, and now calls Lethbridge home. Laurice is eager about reaching her community to get your story heard- no story too small to be covered. She is especially passionate about the special needs community, and faith-based stories.

Alexis Veenendaal
Alexis Veenendaal
Online Content Lead

Alexis came to Lethbridge in 2011 with a passion for writing, which she cultivated at the University of Lethbridge with a B.A. of english. After graduating, she worked for an online digital marketing company as a social media manager, copy editor and graphic designer. She is an avid reader and writer, and is especially interested in stories about community, families and the growing professional community.

Michael Klassen
Michael Klassen
Account Manager

Michael began working in broadcasting in the early 1990s. His work has varied from the production of commercials, sports, music and home improvement programs for Monarch Cable, Access Television and Shaw TV. At Shaw TV he worked as a Senior Producer, and video journalist for a daily news program. In addition, he produced a program profiling U of S Athletes, and was a mobile producer for regional and national WHL hockey telecasts. Outside of the industry, Michael has worked in sales and project management.

Contributors

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Lisa Daftari

Lisa Daftari is an award-winning investigative journalist focusing on foreign affairs with expertise in the Middle East and counter terrorism. She is a political analyst and commentator who frequently appears on Fox News, CBS, NBC, PBS, Voice of America and SiriusXM. She has been interviewed in Spanish, English and Persian (Farsi). Lisa also serves as director and founding editor of The Foreign Desk, a newswire service launched in late 2015 covering stories from around the globe.

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Brian Lilley

Brian Liley has covered politics across Canada for the last 17 years. Starting in radio Montreal covering local politics and the PQ government of the day before moving up to Ottawa. He spent five years as the Ottawa Bureau Chief for Canada's largest private radio network before helping launch Sun News Network where he hosted a show and wrote columns for the Sun papers. He currently hosts Beyond the News in Ottawa.

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Catherine Furukawa

Catherine is a stay-at-home-mom to two young daughters in Lethbridge, Alberta. Catherine's formal training is in ministry which includes two years spent in Sydney, Australia and six years on staff as a Children’s Pastor back home in Canada. Her experience working with non-profit organizations and volunteering on several local boards and committees gives her a keen sense of the community & the opportunity to engage with Southern Albertans from all walks of life.

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Ray Filion

Ray has been covering federal politics on Parliament Hill for TVA Television since 2006. Previously, he worked as an anchor, host, and reporter for Global News in Montreal and Quebec City and for TQS Television. Ray loves spending time with his family and following sports.

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Tyler Dawson

Tyler Dawson is the Alberta correspondent for the National Post, based in Edmonton. A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, he was previously the deputy editorial pages editor at the Ottawa Citizen/Sun and has worked for the Edmonton Journal and the Quebec community newspaper the Low Down to Hull and Back News.