Our Team

Mike Thomas
867-667-6285 ext. 230
Mike Thomas started as a photographer at the Yukon News in 1993 and became publisher after Black Press purchased the paper in September 2013.

Ashley Joannou
867-667-6285 ext. 222
Ashley Joannou has worked as a journalist in the territory since 2011. She came to the Yukon via newspapers in New Brunswick and Alberta. In the territory she has covered the justice and municipal politics beats. She has won multiple BC/Yukon newspaper awards for her coverage of issues including the treatment of inmates with mental health concerns.

Jackie Hong
867-667-6285 ext. 224
Jackie Hong cut her journalism teeth running through that Canadian city everyone else loves to hate. She gravitates towards stories involving courts, crime, injustice and cute animals, and is apparently the newsroom’s token millennial. Her incoming text alert tone is a Pikachu squeal.

Amy Kenny
867.667.6285 ext 231
Amy Kenny moved from Ontario to the Yukon in 2016. Prior to that, she spent five years writing about the arts and business, and doing restaurant reviews for The Hamilton Spectator. She has freelanced for Vice, Walrus, Up Here, Explore, Canadian Geographic, and National Geographic Book Publishing. She currently covers City Hall for the Yukon News.

Crystal Schick
867.667.6285 ext 223
Crystal Schick hails from the province where she can watch her dog run away for three days. She is an amateur crokinole player and a master leftse maker. Domestically she has worked for several major daily newspapers and magazines across Canada. Internationally, she has photographed everywhere from the Kurdish front lines during the war against ISIS in Iraq, to rural farmers living across the African Savanna. Now, she has made her way to explore Canada’s great north.

John Hopkins-Hill
867.667.6285 ext 221
John Hopkins-Hill came to the Yukon News after learning the ropes in small-town Alberta. A diehard sports fan, he’s adopted the mantra that if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. He covers both kinds of news, sports and recreation, in the territory.

Stephanie Simpson
867.667.6285 ext 208
Stephanie Simpson comes with years of customer service and is ready to help you grow your business. And she loves pugs!

Memphis, purebred newshound, somehow finds the time to sniff out stories (and snacks) while maintaining a rigorous schedule of napping and howling at anyone who crosses him.

Morale Officer
Gizmo is the official keeper of good spirits at the Yukon News. He informs the publisher when the staff are in desperate need for pizza, but his primary role is to relieve stress by offering himself up for belly rubs.

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