Karyn Pugliese

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Karyn Pugliese is an award-winning Canadian broadcast journalist and communications specialist, of Algonquin and Italian descent. She is member of the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation in Ontario.[1] She has been recognized by the Canadian Association of Journalists with a Charles Bury Award for her leadership supporting journalists and fighting for media rights,[2] and by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, receiving the Gordon Sinclair Award for her exceptional body of work in television journalism.[3]

Pugliese is best known for her work as a journalist/Executive Director of news and current affairs at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network,[4] and as the host of ichannel’s #FAQMP.[5] However, she also worked briefly at CBC, Vision TV and as a Communications Director for the Assembly of First Nations.[6] Pugliese sits on the Canadian Association of Journalists Ethics Committee. Pugliese has acted as a co-chair for the Night for Rights Gala, an event which raises approximately $140,000 annually for rights-based journalism programming, and is organized by Journalist for Human Rights, JHR. Pugliese is an ambassador for Journalist for Human Rights,[7] and works with them to train young indigenous journalists.[8] She frequently speaks in support of the organization.[9]

In October 2017, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced that Pugliese will be presented with the organization's annual Gordon Sinclair Award for distinguished achievement in journalism at the 6th Canadian Screen Awards.[10]

Early life[edit]

Pugliese was born and raised in Ottawa Ontario, but frequently visited Pikwàkanagàn in her youth. Most of her close family lived off-reserve in Ottawa.[11]

Pugliese dropped out of high school three times, eventually enrolling in an alternative high school where she earned her diploma. Although she was a bright student, Pugliese had no intention of attending university, and wanted to be a bartender, until a high school teacher coaxed her into applying to Carleton University's journalism program. She enrolled and graduated with a combined honours in Journalism and History in 1998.[12]

After graduating Pugliese worked short-term contracts at CBC Radio Ottawa’s Morning Show, Sounds Like Canada and CTV television, Ottawa. As a single mother of a young child, Pugliese found it difficult to balance motherhood with the instability of a journalism career. For a time she left journalism and worked as a technical writer in the federal government.[13][14] Around this time she returned to Carleton University to complete an M.A. in History. Her thesis 'So, where are you from?' Glimpsing the history of Ottawa-Gatineau's urban Indian communities is a history of the off-reserve community she grew up in.[15]

Pugliese returned to journalism in 2000, after a professor put her in touch with the APTN. Pugliese became the APTN’s first Parliamentary Correspondent. She credits the APTN’s daycare policy and flexible hours for her ability to re-enter journalism and build a career.[16]

Her son Zackery Liberty is now an adult and a guitarist with the indie rock group Farewell Davidson.[17]

Career[edit]

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)[edit]

In 2000 Pugliese heard from a professor that the APTN was about to launch a weekly news magazine show called InVision. It was later rebranded into the nightly APTN National News. From 2000-2006 Pugliese was a member of the Press Gallery and APTN’s Parliamentary Reporter. She also travelled to many Indigenous communities, mostly in Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut. During her time at APTN Pugliese won 3 Native American Journalism Awards and was nominated for a Canadian Association of Broadcasters Gold Ribbon Award. Pugliese left APTN in 2006.[18][19][20][21]

360 Vision, Vision TV[edit]

In 2006, Pugliese joined Vision TV's investigative and current affairs show 360 Vision then led by Sadia Zaman and John Scully. That year the series was a nominee for Best News and Information Series at the 2006 Gemini Awards.[22] Pugliese left after one season.[23][24]

Assembly of First Nations[edit]

Pugliese joined the Assembly of First Nations as a communications officer in 2007. In this role she also worked with the World Health Organization,[25] and the United Nations.[26] A year later she was promoted to Communications Director. She left the AFN in 2010.[27][28]

ichannel and #FAQMP[edit]

In 2010 Pugliese returned to journalism, hosting and producing @issue, ichannel's current affairs talk show.[29] In 2011 Pugliese hosted and produced a new flagship program #FAQMP (Frequently Asked Questions for your Member of Parliament). The show was described as an experiment in democracy, and with its hyper-local focus it was favourably compared to a modern twist on Geoff Scott’s 1968 Show Your Man on the Hill. [30] #FAQMP invited viewers to vote on a website and choose which MP they wanted to appear on the show. Viewers were then invited to submit their own interview questions and topics via social media.[31][32] Among the MPs who appeared on the show were: Justin Trudeau, Jason Kenney, Dean Del Mastro, Elizabeth May, Bob Rae, Carolyn Bennett, Joy Smith, Pat Martin, and Senator Patrick Brazeau.[33][34]

Some controversial episodes included: PEI Liberal MP Sean Casey’s admission that he did not support his own party’s 2012 resolution on abortion that would penalize any province that restricted women’s access to abortion (by cutting federal health transfer dollars).[35] Green Party Leader Elizabeth May’s assertion that political parties should be eliminated, and all MPs elected independently also caused a stir. The clip resurfaced and caused debate on reddit in 2014.[36]

The series garnered a nomination for Best Cross-Platform Project, Non-Fiction at the 1st Canadian Screen Awards.[37]

Pugliese left in 2012, returning to APTN. #FAQMP lasted for 1 more season under a new host, Kevin O'Keefe.[38]

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)[edit]

In 2012, Pugliese returned to the APTN to lead the news department as the Executive Director of News and Current Affairs.[39] Since her arrival, new programming has been added to the News Department including: Nation to Nation, a half hour political show, and the talk shows InFocus and The Laughing Drum. During the 2015 federal election, for the first time, APTN National News secured interviews with 3 out of 4 of the national party leaders.[40]

ADVOCACY[edit]

Pugliese is an advocate for press freedom and media rights.

Pugliese has intervened in Many press freedom cases including cases for protection of sources (Regina vs Ben Makuch of Vice)[1] and she intervened in cases where journalists faced charges for being on the scene of protests and accidents for the purpose of reporting news. [2][3]

Pugliese has also been to South Sudan as a "expert trainer" as part of Journalists for Human Rights program for press freedom. [4]

Pugliese sat on the Canadian Association of Journalists Ethics committee and is a frequent presenter on media ethics. [5][6]

She has also presented to Parliamentary and Senate Committees on a variety of issues related to threats to Canadian journalism and press freedom. [7]

In 2017, Pugliese was awarded the Canadian Association of Journalists Charles Bury Award, by then CAJ President Nick Taylor-Vaisey. In particular Taylor-Vaisey noted Pugliese's contributions to fighting for press freedom.

"When it comes to supporting journalists and fighting for journalism, APTN punches above its weight," said Taylor-Vaisey. "They fight for press freedom in the courts..."[8]

In her acceptance speech Pugliese reccounted some of the early struggles of setting up the "first aboriginal broadcaster in the world" adding: "Yes. We punched above our weight, how could we not with so much at stake?"[9]

In 2018 Pugliese was elected President of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ). She was he first Indigenous person to lead the organization.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Diane Jermyn "How top employers empower their people" Oct. 10, Globe and Mail 2012 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/top-employers/how-top-employers-empower-their-people/article4598515/
  2. ^ http://caj.ca/blog.php?name=aptn-wins-charles-bury-award&bypassCookie=1
  3. ^ https://www.academy.ca/portfolios/karyn-pugliese/
  4. ^ Matt Sylvain, APTN taps Karyn Pugliese as news and current affairs director Playback online June 28, 2012 http://playbackonline.ca/2012/06/28/aptn-taps-karyn-pugliese-as-news-and-current-affairs-director/#ixzz3uEMrN1S9
  5. ^ Melita Kuburas iChannel’s #FAQMP allows voters to put MPs in the hot seat in Playback Online http://playbackonline.ca/2011/10/24/ichannels-faqmp-allows-voters-to-put-mps-in-the-hot-seat/#ixzz3uEQF2f00
  6. ^ "APTN Announces New Director for National News/Current Affairs" in Broadcaster Magazine June 27, 2012 http://www.broadcastermagazine.com/news/aptn-announces-new-director-for-national-news-current-affairs/1001498880/
  7. ^ http://www.ibftoday.ca/journalists-for-human-rights-introduces-its-new-ambassadors/
  8. ^ https://m.canadianinsider.com/jhr-announces-their-co-chairs-for-night-for-rights-2016-
  9. ^ http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/12/02/keeping-the-truth-in-truth-and-reconciliation.html
  10. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards: Peter Mansbridge, Karyn Pugliese, Margaret Atwood to be honoured". CBC News, October 30, 2017.
  11. ^ See intro and conclusion in Karyn Pugliese "'So, where are you from?' glimpsing the history of Ottawa-Gatineau's urban Indian communities M.A. Thesis Carleton University, 2005 https://curve.carleton.ca/94ac5233-7a31-4bc8-bd8f-012d9b6429a9
  12. ^ In Department of History Newsletter WINTER 2007 https://carleton.ca/history/wp-content/uploads/Newsletter-Winter-2007.pdf
  13. ^ Diane Jermyn "How top employers empower their people" Oct. 10, Globe and Mail 2012 12:29PM EDT https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/top-employers/how-top-employers-empower-their-people/article4598515/
  14. ^ Karyn Pugliese Linkin Profile https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=AAIAAAB6cbcBxBdKQLjhK3ApUNhqYOVDXw2mgSg&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic
  15. ^ In Department of History Newsletter WINTER 2007 https://carleton.ca/history/wp-content/uploads/Newsletter-Winter-2007.pdf
  16. ^ Diane Jermyn "How top employers empower their people" The Globe and Mail Oct. 10, 2012 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/top-employers/how-top-employers-empower-their-people/article4598515/
  17. ^ Peter Simpson Bluesfest: 2 hot Ottawa bands on Sunday, the Red Rails and Farewell Davidson in The Ottawa Citizen July 11, 2014 http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-arts/bluesfest-2-hot-ottawa-bands-on-sunday-the-red-rails-and-farewell-davidson
  18. ^ Canadian Media Guild "We’ve survived...we want to thrive" May 18, 2005 http://www.cmg.ca/In%20support%20of%20APTN's%20licence%20renewal.pdf
  19. ^ In Department of History Newsletter Winter 2007 https://carleton.ca/history/wp-content/uploads/Newsletter-Winter-2007.pdf
  20. ^ Diane Jermyn "How top employers empower their people" Globe and Mail Oct. 10, 2012 12:29PM EDT https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/top-employers/how-top-employers-empower-their-people/article4598515/
  21. ^ Marsha Lederman, "APTN: The native network that's getting a nation's attention" Globe and Mail Feb. 28, 2013 1:13PM EST https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/aptn-the-native-network-thats-getting-a-nations-attention/article574253/
  22. ^ 360 Vision earns first Gemini nomination. Article from: CNW Group | August 29, 2006 https://business.highbeam.com/1758/article-1G1-150519162/360-vision-earns-first-gemini-nomination
  23. ^ In Department of History Newsletter WINTER 2007 https://carleton.ca/history/wp-content/uploads/Newsletter-Winter-2007.pdf
  24. ^ "Story about Tysick's work turns into rebuke on capital" in Times Colonist (Victoria) February 18, 2007 http://www.canada.com/story.html?id=2bc24900-101a-436b-97af-cd7e6571b55d
  25. ^ Global STOP-TB Indigenous Experts Meeting Summary of Proceedings Toronto, Ontario, Canada November 12–14, 2008 p 57 http://www.kateniesresearch.com/papers/DRAFT%20Global%20Indigenous%20STOP%20TB%20Summary%20of%20Proceedings%20DEC.%201,%202008.pdf
  26. ^ AFN National Chief to Make Presentation to United Nations Permanent Forum in Assembly Of First Nations Bulletin http://nationtalk.ca/story/afn-national-chief-presents-to-united-nations-permanent-forum-on-indigenous-issues-calls-for-action-based-on-principles-of-the-un-declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples http://www.fsin.com/index.php/media-releases/361-afn-national-chief-to-make-presentation-to-united-nations-permanent-forum-on-indigenous-issues-speaks-to-growing-momentum-to-endorse-the-un-declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples
  27. ^ "APTN Announces New Director for National News/Current Affairs" in Broadcaster Magazine June 27, 2012 http://www.broadcastermagazine.com/news/aptn-announces-new-director-for-national-news-current-affairs/1001498880/
  28. ^ Karyn Pugliese Linkin Profile https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=AAIAAAB6cbcBxBdKQLjhK3ApUNhqYOVDXw2mgSg&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic
  29. ^ Marsha Lederman, "APTN: The native network that's getting a nation's attention" Globe and Mail Feb. 28, 2013 1:13PM EST https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/aptn-the-native-network-thats-getting-a-nations-attention/article574253/
  30. ^ Harrison Lowman #FAQMP: "Satisfying the constituent appetite in the 21st Century" in Beyond the Hill, Canadian association of former Parliamentarians p 16-18 http://exparl.ca/sites/default/files/beyondthehill_winter2014.pdf
  31. ^ New show puts lawmakers in the hot seat in Metro News Ottawa http://www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2011/11/07/new-show-puts-lawmakers-in-the-hot-seat.html
  32. ^ Melita Kuburas Voters put MPs in the hot seat on #FAQMP Playback Online October 24, 2011 http://playbackonline.ca/2011/10/24/ichannels-faqmp-allows-voters-to-put-mps-in-the-hot-seat/
  33. ^ "Ichannel’s #FAQMP hosts ‘all star’ season finale" in The Hill Times March 26, 2012 https://northtoronto.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/hill-times-of-ottawa-march-26-2012-mwha-letter-to-editor-page-10-032612_ht.pdf
  34. ^ "Del Mastro a finalist for TV show" Peterborough This Week Mar 21, 2012
  35. ^ Harrison Lowman #FAQMP: "Satisfying the constituent appetite in the 21st Century" in Beyond the Hill, Canadian association of former Parliamentarians p 16-18 http://exparl.ca/sites/default/files/beyondthehill_winter2014.pdf
  36. ^ Jacqueline Delange, Elizabeth May: 'Why Don't We Get Rid Of Political Parties Altogether? The Huffington Post Canada 02/17/2014 9:59 http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/12/01/elizabeth-may-political-parties_n_2224447.html
  37. ^ "Canadian Screen Award nominations". CBC News, January 15, 2013. http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/canadian-screen-award-nominations-1.1321187
  38. ^ Harrison Lowman #FAQMP: "Satisfying the constituent appetite in the 21st Century" in Beyond the Hill, Canadian association of former Parliamentarians p 16-18 http://exparl.ca/sites/default/files/beyondthehill_winter2014.pdf
  39. ^ "APTN taps Karyn Pugliese as news and current affairs director" in Playback Online http://playbackonline.ca/2012/06/28/aptn-taps-karyn-pugliese-as-news-and-current-affairs-director/
  40. ^ Federal Election 2015: APTN Town Halls To Feature Interviews With 3 Of 4 Leaders in Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/10/05/aptn-town-halls-canada-election_n_8246490.html

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