Our Team

Mary Kemmis
Mary has been with Black Press in British Columbia since 2006 before heading east to Alberta in 2015. Prior to joining Black Press, Mary started her career as a reporter before moving into newspaper sales and sales management. She also spent several years in with Rogers Radio in Alberta and B.C. In her spare time, Mary enjoys spending time with her family and exploring communities throughout Central Alberta.

Managing Editor
Crystal Rhyno
Crystal has covered everything from breaking news, municipal and provincial elections, council meetings to social issues in her six years at the Advocate. In 2016, Crystal became Advocate’s managing editor. She has worked at newspapers in northern Alberta and Ontario and even spent four years teaching English, Biology and History in South Korea. In her spare time, Crystal enjoys running ultra marathons, hiking and trying new vegan recipes.

Advertising Manager
Wendy Moore
Wendy joined Advocate in 2013 after relocating from northern British Columbia bringing with her 10 years daily newspaper experience ranging from circulation to advertising. In addition to Wendy’s media background she has a post-secondary education in marketing management and experience in municipal government, sport entertainment, community engagement, volunteer management, police support services and crime prevention; all of which lend to her current role as advertising manager of the Red Deer Advocate, Central Alberta Life and the Friday Forward.

Circulation Manager
Deb Reitmeier
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.

Production Manager
Grant McCarthy
Grant started his career at Hacker Press in 1977. Moved to Red Deer in 1999 as a mailroom supervisor and now production manager. When not at work, Grant likes to watch hockey, play golf and spend time with family.


Lana Michelin
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.

Sports Reporter
Byron Hackett
Phone: 403-314-4363
Cell: 250-264-2185
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
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
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.

Murray Crawford
Murray joined the Advocate in October 2012. In his time at the Advocate he has covered everything from sports to politics to crime. When not working, he takes to the mountains in the West Country.

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