Who’s behind YegNews.com?
YegNews.com was created by Alain Saffel and Scott McKeen. Click on each author’s name to see a list of stories they’ve written for YegNews.com.
Alain Saffel - Publisher
Saffel’s experience is varied; from accounting to journalism to online marketing. Alain started out as an accountant, working towards his CMA. He published a small newspaper for a couple years and decided it was time to get a journalism degree to go along with that. More experience working as a reporter followed and then it was time to move to Alberta.
Alain also runs an online marketing company in Edmonton, focused on search engine optimization and pay per click advertising. When he’s not busy writing or looking at Google Analytics, he likes to get out on his fiery red Aprilia scooter.
Dave S. Clark - Editor
He is a former newspaper editor and reporter and graduate of MacEwan’s Journalism program.
He enjoys the expensive hobbies of playing hockey, racing cars and traveling.
Lindsey McNeill is a filmmaker with a background in radio journalism. She produced the controversial radio show “Youth Menace” on CJSR 88.5 FM and now devotes her time to turning her dark screenplays into full-grown celluloid demons.
Her horror blog, “Scream Queen of the B Scene,” is a massive hit and despite the offensive language, her mother reads it all the time.
Jennifer Parks is a freelance writer, book author and yoga instructor. She worked at The Edmonton Sun as a lifestyle reporter and columnist, and wrote a weekly sex column for the Edmonton Journal’s online magazine, before launching her biz, Soul Ink Ventures.
Parks’ three favorite possessions include her Manduka Yoga Mat (came with a lifetime guarantee!), trusty, old MacBook, and “As-Seen-On-TV” side-sleeper pillow. She’s happiest with her daily dose of ABCs, OMs and Zees.
Kimberly Misutka is an Edmontonian who grew up in Texas and, if asked, can two-step and cake on the Southern charm. She graduated from the University of Alberta and currently works for the University Hospital Foundation.
Her writing can be found in Vue Weekly, The Gateway and magneted on her parent’s fridge. On the weekends you’ll likely find her spending time with her shepadoodle, Rocky.
Julianna Veldtman is a lover of the arts, a former professional dancer and a born-again-Edmontonian. Living her life on purpose, Julianna uses her passion, determination, and energy to encourage and inspire others to realize and reach their full potential. She embraces crazy, and is inspired by authenticity.
Julianna is the principal/owner of White Box Communications and co-principal/owner of RISE Productions (an Edmonton based dance and life coaching company for people ages 11 to 20 and up). A do-gooder, Julianna is an active volunteer on numerous boards including The Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit and IABC Edmonton.
Jacqueline Nuc graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She is extremely excited to be a contributor to Yegnews.com. She currently serves coffee, hawks beer and plays bass in Dutch Hey Wagon.
McKeen is a veteran journalist and reported for The Edmonton Journal for almost 25 years, covering everything from politics and crime to health and the environment. His last assignment with the Journal spanned eight years, where he wrote a civic affairs column.
Scott McKeen can play Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water. He rides a Vespa. He successfully tied a bow tie, once. He likes shoes. And he mocks men with hair for their girlishness.
Molly likes to think of herself as an up and coming young photographer and artist, but she spends most of her time scouring the Internet for things to giggle at and serving at the Free Press Bistro.
She’s spent time in classrooms at both the University of British Columbia and Alberta, although how much was spent learning and how much was spent dozing off is unknown.
Mateo Huezo is a typical 20-something university student: Strongly opinionated, with research to back it up. He has been involved with several sub-communities and organizations related to queer youth, activism, counselling, and education.
His hobbies include rolling in paint and slamming into walls, to make his mark. He wears his minority status like the latest fashion.
He thinks it only polite to tell you if there’s a visible booger on your face.
She runs her own theatre company, Cowardly Kiss Theatre, and works as a writer, researcher, and social media type for FinalEyes Communications.
Writing is her life. Andrea loves Tom Waits and Belle & Sebastian more than most, and Oscar Wilde more than anyone.
Kevin is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator from Edmonton. He works as an instructor, designer and recruiter for Pixel Blue College, and spends the rest of his time making the world a better looking place. Typically you can find him glued to a screen or doodling on any blank paper within an arms reach.