Our Team


Deb Reitmeier
Circulation Manager
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Deb began working with Black Press in 2006. She started out as a runner before moving up the ranks to circulation manager. Deb loves going camping, quadding and spending time with family.

Mamta Lulla
Managing Editor
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Mamta joined the Advocate editorial team in 2017. She studied journalism at Humber College in Ontario. Before moving to Red Deer, she lived in two other countries and a few small towns in rural Alberta. When she’s not news hunting, she is watching shows on Netflix, day dreaming about summer runs, and getting her rescue dog to sing — unsuccessfully — but there’s always hope.

Lana Michelin
Reporter
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Lana Michelin has been a reporter for the Red Deer Advocate since moving to the city in 1991. She’s since become familiar with a wide array of Central Alberta issues and personalities, covering everything from municipal affairs, to health and environment, to arts and entertainment.

Byron Hackett
Sports Reporter
Byron has been the sports reporter at the advocate since December of 2016. He likes to spend his time in cold hockey arenas accompanied by luke warm, watered down coffee. Can be found in the summer on baseball fields, tossing his putter at the golf course and covering any sport that comes his way.

Paul Cowley
Reporter
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Paul grew up in Brampton, Ont. and began his journalism career in 1990 at the Alaska Highway News in Fort. St. John, B.C. He joined the Red Deer Advocate after stops in Grande Prairie and Edmonton. He has covered just about every beat at one time or another.

Susan Zielinski
Reporter
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Susan has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues. She has always felt that the media is about helping people by shining a light on problems or challenges, encouraging public dialogue to work towards solutions, and looking out for those who need a hand.

Sean McIntosh
Reporter
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Sean joined the Red Deer Advocate team in the summer of 2017. Originally from Ontario, he worked in a small town of 2,000 in Saskatchewan for seven months before coming to Central Alberta. He’s probably watched The Office more times than you. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.