September 20, 2014
Stu Salkeld – who has worked as a reporter, photojournalist and editor in community newspapers for 20 years – grew up in the small, eastern Alberta town of Oyen. In 1993 he enrolled in the journalism arts program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
During college and after graduation Stu worked at his hometown paper, the Oyen Echo, then moved to British Columbia to work as a reporter/photographer at the Arrow Lakes News located in Nakusp.
After one year in Nakusp, Stu accepted a position as reporter/photographer at the Macleod Gazette in Fort Macleod, near Lethbridge. In 2001, he moved to Rocky Mountain House to work as a reporter/photographer at The Mountaineer. After the passing of editor Brian Mazza, Stu became editor in 2007.
Stu is a strong believer in community service, and past volunteer work includes Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce secretary, Fort Macleod Rotary Club, N.W.M.P. Fort Museum president, 4-H Multi-Club leader, David Thompson Bicentennial Committee member, Confluence Heritage Society secretary, RMH Suicide Awareness Committee and the RMH Physician Recruitment and Retention Society.
Stu’s pastimes include ’80s music, pulp fiction from the ’20s, cheering on the Washington Redskins and avoiding cellphones.
Chris has been in the journalism industry for more than 16 years since graduating from SAITís Journalism Arts program in 1997. Over that period, he has worked as a reporter, photographer, editor and manager.
His first reporting job was for the now-defunct Olds Gazette close to his hometown of Crossfield, Alberta. Following a little more than two years in Olds, he moved down the road to take a position with the Carstairs Courier. Prior to moving to St. Albert, Chris left Alberta for more than 12 years to work for Northern News Services in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, where he began as a reporter before ending his tenure as an assignment editor.
Chris believes strongly in the importance of community journalism and its role in peopleís everyday lives.
Anna began freelancing for the Gazette in 2000 and joined the full-time permanent staff in 2003 as the newspaper's entertainment and features writer. An award-winning writer, she has covered a broad range of subjects; from the arts, entertainment, food and fashion to heritage, education, health and agriculture.
Anna is a graduate of NAIT's radio and television arts program and later completed a bachelor of arts, majoring in comparative literature and drama at the University of Alberta.
She has worked for dailies as a librarian/proofreader and written features and advertising copy.
Now firmly entrenched in St. Albert with two adult daughters, Anna continues to advocate for the performing arts.
Kevin officially joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2006 after serving internships at the Gazette and the Edmonton Journal.
Kevin earned a degree in political science at the University of Alberta and moved on to a master's of journalism at Carleton University in 2006, when he wrote a thesis on the state of the Sturgeon River. The thesis is still available at the St. Albert Public Library.
Kevin writes about Sturgeon County, education, the environment, agriculture, science and aboriginal affairs. He also regularly contributes features on other topics to the Gazette.
He likes squirrels and birds.
Viola joined the Gazette in September 2012. Previously she worked as an intern reporter for a daily newspaper in Moncton, N.B., covering courts, business, arts and feature writing in the community. She began her career writing for the campus newspaper and worked as a freelance reporter for a local Fredericton newspaper.
Viola grew up in Frankfurt, Germany and moved to Canada in 2008. She has since completed a bachelor of arts degree with majors in political science and journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B.
Outside her work, she enjoys travel, cooking and used bookstores. She also knows how not to make sauerkraut.
Jeff joined the St. Albert Gazette as its sports reporter in 1991.
Previous newspaper stops include the Wetaskiwin Time-Advertiser, Wainwright Star Chronicle and the Golden Star. Prior to embarking on a journalism career, Jeff toiled as a DJ/reporter at radio stations in Weyburn, Sask. and Powell River, B.C.
A St. Albert resident, Jeff attended Entwistle School while growing up on a farm in Moon Lake. The father of three graduated from Frank Maddock High School in Drayton Valley and is a product of the Grant MacEwan College journalism program.
The highlight of Jeff's stay at the Gazette is not his regular top-three placings in various industry association competitions, but working with a winning team of talented and dedicated staff.
Susan Jones began working for the St. Albert Gazette in 1988 as a proofreader.
Soon she was writing book reviews, which led to writing for the Homestyle section, then feature stories and so on for 20 years until she took early retirement in 2008.
For the first six months of retirement, Susan and her husband travelled and camped extensively in their little VW van. They were at a T-intersection in Kansas when they realized there truly is no place like home. They turned left and angled their way back to St. Albert in time to see the lilacs blooming in their own front yard.
Now back at the Gazette part time, Susan writes features for the Saturday At Home section.
Scott joined the newsroom in 2008, and has had the great pleasure of covering stories on the rich and diverse culture and community of St. Albert, Morinville and area. He also spent many years as the Gazette’s movie critic.
He has written for the PK Paper Plain, the U of A Gateway, the NAIT Nugget, the Edmonton Journal (and a few websites) but the Gazette was the first newspaper that had his name in print – way back in 1983.
Scott first moved to St. Albert in 1981. He has two awesome children.
Amy joined the St. Albert Gazette in April 2013 after working at the Leduc Representative, where she covered health and education.
Promoting health and science literacy is one of the main reasons Amy pursued a post-graduate degree in journalism at the University of King's College in 2011 after earning a degree in biological sciences from the University of Calgary.
As part of the Gazette team, Amy covers health & wellness and courts/crime.
In her free time, Amy likes to try out new recipes and wander through art galleries.
Victoria joined the Gazette in July 2013, bringing her love of politics to the city hall beat. Before joining the Gazette, she was a reporter for the Alberta Farmer Express, a reporter and the editor of the Innisfail Province and a reporter for The Mountaineer in Rocky Mountain House, where she won the 2011 Healthy Communities Journalism Award from the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association.
Victoria originally hails from Maple Ridge, B.C. She moved to Alberta in 2009 after completing the journalism program at Langara College in Vancouver. In addition to her journalism training, she has a bachelor of arts degree from Simon Fraser University with a double major in English and history as well as a certificate of liberal arts.
In her spare time Victoria loves to read, go on light hikes and is a giant science fiction and fantasy nerd. She is also looking for new hobbies with which to avoid planning her wedding.
April joined the Gazette’s full-time staff for the first time in 1994 after completing several assignments for the newspaper as a freelance photographer. After a two-year absence while working in health care, April felt the pull to shoot full-time again and returned to the Gazette in January 2010.
A familiar figure around town in her search for pictures documenting local events and personalities, April has won numerous photography awards from the Alberta Weekly Newspapers’ Association, Canadian Community Newspapers’ Association and Suburban Newspapers of America, as well as the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) award for her pictures showing activities in our local schools. April, who came to St. Albert in 1983 and has two sons, was introduced to the world of photography by her father and grandfather.
St. Albert Gazette photographer Chris Colbourne has worked behind a camera for more than a decade and honed his craft through photojournalism both as a freelancer and recently, staff photographer.
Chris’ career has taken him from Ontario to Alberta and from Alberta to Yukon and back to Alberta again. After graduating from Loyalist College in Belleville, Ont. with a diploma in photojournalism, Chris interned with National Geographic staff photographer Michael Nichols in Virginia and then again with National Geographic contract photographer Paul Nicklen in Whitehorse before making his way to St. Albert.
Chris has won national and provincial/territorial awards for his photography and continues to pursue personal projects that focus on humanitarian and environmental issues. In addition, he eagerly explores St. Albert and its surrounding areas in search of people and places that make for memorable images.