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Staff Biographies

Administration
  • Bob Cox

    Publisher

    Bob Cox was named publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press in November 2007. He joined the newspaper as editor in May 2005.

  • Paul Samyn

    Editor

    Paul Samyn has been part of the Free Press newsroom for more than a quarter century, working his way up after starting as a rookie reporter in 1988.

  • Sarah Lilleyman

    Associate Editor Operations and Engagement

    Sarah Lilleyman is a recent import from Toronto, but she hopes you won’t hold that against her.

  • Scott Gibbons

    Associate Editor Enterprise

  • Wendy Sawatzky

    Associate Editor Digital News

    As a child Wendy programmed in BASIC on her family's TRS-80 and published a tabloid newspaper about her friends -- both excellent training for her future career in online news.

Business
  • Martin Cash

    Reporter

    Martin Cash has been writing a column and business news at the Free Press since 1989. Over those years he’s written through a number of business cycles and the rise and fall (and rise) in fortunes of many local businesses.

  • Murray McNeill

    Reporter

    If there’s such a thing as an accidental journalist, Murray McNeill fits the bill.

City
  • Carl DeGurse

    Assistant city editor

    Desk jobs have a reputation for boredom, but working on the city desk of the Free Press is anything but.

  • Jason Bell

    Breaking news editor

    Jason Bell wanted to be a lawyer when he was a kid. The movie The Paper Chase got him hooked on the idea of law school and, possibly, falling in love with someone exactly like Lindsay Wagner (before she went all bionic).

  • Aldo Santin

    Reporter

    Aldo Santin is a veteran newspaper reporter who first carried a pen and notepad in 1978 and joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1986, where he has covered a variety of beats and specialty areas including education, aboriginal issues, urban and downtown development and city hall.

  • Alexandra Paul

    Reporter

    Alexandra believes every story has a life of its own with a heartbeat and body and legs. She’ll probe for a pulse and check out its shape from every which way, until she feels it and sees it. So be patient with her. She can be exasperating.

  • Ashley Prest

    Reporter

    When Ashley Prest was hired by the Winnipeg Free Press as a sports writer in 1987, just three months out of university, she thought she was being fired every day.

  • Bill Redekop

    Rural Reporter

    Bill Redekop is the Free Press rambling rural reporter. His beat is a bit like the slow food movement of news gathering.

  • Carol Sanders

    Reporter

    Carol Sanders has been reporting at the Winnipeg Free Press since 2000 and focusing on the growing diversity of the city and the challenges and opportunities that come with it.

  • Dan Lett

    Columnist

    Born and raised in and around Toronto, Dan Lett came to Winnipeg in 1986, less than a year out of journalism school with a lifelong dream to be a newspaper reporter.

  • Gordon Sinclair Jr.

    Columnist

    Gordon Sinclair Jr. — the Winnipeg Free Press’s senior columnist — was born into a newspaper family, and the Free Press, where his father was a respected reporter and assistant managing editor.

  • Jen Zoratti

    Columnist

    You know the feeling you get when you discover an amazing new band or song and you have an urgent need to tell everyone in the world that they need to hear it right now? Jen Zoratti does. And she’s made a career out of it.

  • Katie May

    Multimedia producer

    In pursuit of a good story, Katie has been attacked by a parrot, driven hundreds of kilometres along an ice road in 24-hour darkness, spent an evening in a "haunted" jail with a psychic, flown upside down in an aerobatic plane, listened to a fetal heartbeat and grown used to people bursting into tears in her presence.

  • Kevin Rollason

    Reporter

    Kevin Rollason is one of the more versatile reporters at the Winnipeg Free Press. Whether it is covering city hall, the law courts, or general reporting, Rollason can be counted on to not only answer the 5 Ws — Who, What, When, Where and Why — but to do it in an interesting and accessible way for readers.

  • Kristin Annable

    Multimedia producer

    Kristin Annable has lived all over Canada, and in South Korea, South Africa and Morocco, but decided to make Winnipeg her home in 2013.

  • Larry Kusch

    Legislature Reporter

    Larry Kusch didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he attended a high school newspaper editor’s workshop in Regina in the summer of 1969 and listened to a university student speak glowingly about the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa.

  • Melissa Martin

    Reporter-at-large

  • Mia Rabson

    Parliamentary Bureau Chief

    Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.

  • Mike McIntyre

    Court reporter

    Mike McIntyre grew up wanting to be a professional wrestler. But when that dream fizzled, he put all his brawn into becoming a professional writer.

  • Nick Martin

    Education Reporter

    Nick Martin is the bearded guy we keep hidden away at the back of the newsroom. He is now in his fourth decade working in daily newspapers.

  • Randy Turner

    Reporter

    Randy Turner has spent much of his journalistic career on the road. A lot of roads. Dirt roads, snow-packed roads, U.S. interstates and foreign highways. In other words, he’s got a lot of kilometres on the odometer, if you know what we mean.

Editorial
  • Shannon Sampert

    Perspective & Politics Editor

    Shannon Sampert started as a volunteer radio reporter for a small radio station in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, when she was 15 years old and was hooked from that point on.

Entertainment & Life
  • Alan Small

    Arts and Life Editor

    Alan Small was named the editor of the Free Press Arts and Life section in January 2013 after almost 15 years at the paper in a variety of editing roles.

  • Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson

    Literary editor, wine writer

    Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson edits the Free Press books section, and also writes about wine, beer and spirits.

  • Brad Oswald

    Reporter

    Way back when Brad Oswald was TV-inclined little kid, his exasperated mother used to say things like, “Would you PLEASE turn that thing off and go OUTSIDE and play? If you insist on watching that IDIOT box day after day after day, you will NEVER amount to ANYTHING in this world!”

  • Doug Speirs

    Columnist

    Doug Speirs’ humour column, In the Doug House, has appeared on Page 2 of the Winnipeg Free Press at least three times a week since 2006. No one is exactly sure why.

  • Erin Lebar

    Multimedia producer

    Erin Lebar joined the Free Press in December 2013 as a web and copy editor, often working the overnight shift, or ‘the other 9-5’ as she likes to call it.

  • Jill Wilson

    Uptown Editor

    Jill Wilson started working at the Free Press in 2003 as a copy editor for the entertainment section, a job she still holds.

  • Maureen Scurfield

  • Randall King

    Reporter

    In a way, Randall King was born into the entertainment beat.

Photos & Graphics
  • Boris Minkevich

    Photojournalist

  • Joe Bryksa

    Photojournalist

    Joe Bryksa was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He studied photojournalism at Red River College in Winnipeg and began his career in the mid-1980s at community and other newspapers in the city.

  • John Woods

    Photojournalist

  • Mike Deal

    Photojournalist

    Mike Deal started freelancing for the Winnipeg Free Press in 1997. Three years later, he landed a part-time job as a night photo desk editor.

  • Phil Hossack

    Photojournalist

    Phil Hossack’s been around the block more than once in this business.

  • Ruth Bonneville

    Photojournalist

    As the first female photographer hired by the Winnipeg Free Press, Ruth has been an inspiration and a mentor to other women in the male-dominated field of photojournalism for over two decades.

  • Tyler Walsh

    Multimedia editor

    To say Tyler Walsh likes to dabble with new technology is a bit of an understatement. The correct word would be obsession.

  • Wayne Glowacki

    Photojournalist

    Wayne started working at the Free Press as a copy boy in 1974 at the age of eighteen, ripping news wire stories off old printing machines and hand delivering them to news and sports editors.

Sports
  • Steve Lyons

    Sports Editor

    As a young boy in the 1960s, Steve would plead with his mother to let him watch Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday nights. And CFL football. And baseball. And PGA golf. And… well, you get the picture.

  • Jeff Hamilton

    Multimedia producer

    After a slew of injuries playing hockey that included breaks to the wrist, arm, and collar bone; a tear of the medial collateral ligament in both knees; as well as a collapsed lung, Jeff figured it was a good idea to take his interest in sports off the ice and in to the classroom.

  • Paul Wiecek

    Reporter

    Paul Wiecek was born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End and delivered the Free Press -- 53 papers, Machray Avenue, between Main and Salter Streets -- long before he was first hired as a Free Press reporter in 1989.

  • Tim Campbell

    Reporter

    Growing up in a household where sports were a priority, it is not surprising that Tim Campbell’s path has taken him more than three decades as a sports writer.

Specialty Products
  • Kelly Taylor

    Copy Editor, Autos Reporter

    Kelly Taylor is a Winnipeg Free Press copy editor and award-winning automotive journalist. He's been a member of the Automobile Journalists' Association of Canada since 2001.

  • Paul 'Willy' Williamson

    Travel/Homes/Autos Editor

    Paul “Willy” Williamson joined the Free Press editorial team in 2007, turning his back on a career as a corrections officer. His motor has been running non-stop ever since.

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