May 29, 2018

Winnipeg, Manitoba– APTN’s award-winning investigative journalist Melissa Ridgen has been named co-host/producer for APTN National News and host of APTN’s interactive talk show InFocus. Ms. Ridgen will join Dennis Ward on the desk Monday, June 4th, 2018.

Melissa Ridgen, a proud Red River Métis joined APTN in 2009 after more than a decade writing for newspapers. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, covering everything from crime and courts to politics, Indigenous affairs, and business. Ridgenhas been nominated for a number of awards and in 2016 won a Canadian Association of Journalists award for her story Hurting for Work on APTN Investigates.

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APTN National News, launched in 2000, is the first Indigenous television journalism team in Canada and the world. Today, providing award-winning news coverage of Indigenous Peoples for all Canadians. APTN National News was honoured with the CAJ Charles Bury Award in 2017 for its contributions to Canadian journalism. APTN National News has reporters in all regions of the country and tells stories that have been ignored, under-reported or misunderstood by mainstream news media; these are the stories others don’t and won’t tell.

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