MICHAEL POPOVE

CHAT NEWS

A Vancouver native, Michael graduated from BCIT two months after joining CHAT TV in 2012 as the Host of Late Night News.

Before moving to Medicine Hat, Michael operated his own business consulting company before going back to school to realize his life long dream of being a television news anchor.

When not behind the anchor desk, Michael can be found pursuing his love of history, long distance running and dogs. He’s also a long suffering Vancouver Canucks fan

 Alicia Draus

CHAT NEWS

Born and raised in southwestern Ontario, Alicia moved to our nation’s capital to attend Carleton University, enrolled in Communication Studies. Post-university, she worked in communications for public service over a three year period before deciding to go back to school and pursue her dream of becoming a broadcast journalist. She chose to do her internship with us here in Medicine Hat and was hired shortly after she completed her program. When she’s not reporting Alicia enjoys travelling (she’s been to 27 countries), snowboarding, and curling up with a good mystery book.

 

Matt Nemeth

CHAT Sports

 

An Olympic baby from the Olympic city 3 hours Northwest of Medicine Hat, Matt spent his childhood and formative years totally immersed in sports. Starting with Soccer as most do, Matt then went on to Hockey, Baseball, Football, and Basketball, in that order. When he was 12 he was fortunate enough to represent Canada, along with his Father as a Coach, at the Little League World Series in Williamsport PA. It was there that he was first introduced to the world of Broadcasting, as the tournament has been aired on major American Networks like ABC and ESPN for decades. Shortly thereafter, 9/11 happened, and Matt was instantly and forever drawn into the world of news. A huge, and we mean HUGE fan of the comic Calvin & Hobbes growing up, Matt used that early introduction to cherish reading and writing for all it has to offer. When his aspirations of becoming a CFL Linebacker didn’t pan out, Matt returned to St. Mary’s High School where he won a Provincial Championship and Back to Back City Championships. There he Coached his 2 younger brothers for 3 years, even helping one of them win their own City Championship. During that time, his Mother showed him the description of the Broadcast News program at SAIT. He applied and was accepted in 2012. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

 

Leah Murray

CHAT NEWS

 

Leah is a southern Alberta girl through and through. Born and raised in Calgary Alberta she graduated from Mount Royal University’s Broadcasting program in late 2013.
Her first start in the industry was right here in Medicine Hat where she interned for three months. After going out and exploring the broadcasting world in Airdrie as
a morning radio news anchor she moved up to Fort St. John where she worked as a TV News reporter and videographer for CJDC TV. Leah Also became the morning show co-host
for the local rock station 101.5 The Bear in her time there. Her love of TV News has brought her full circle and she happily returns to Medicine Hat to work as a TV News Reporter.

When not out chasing stories you can normally find Leah in the kitchen trying to be a foodie, stopping by local markets and events, or out playing some flag football with friends.

 

Ashley Wiebe

CHAT NEWS

 

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Ashley began her broadcasting career after graduating from the Creative Communications program at Red River College in 2012.

She spent two years at Global Winnipeg and worked behind the scenes at Breakfast Television before moving across the country to become the anchor at CJDC TV in Dawson Creek, BC.

Having always had a passion for storytelling and reporting, she’s excited to have the opportunity to do exactly that in Medicine Hat.
Ashley prides herself on living an active lifestyle and when she’s not outside hiking the coulees or tossing around a frisbee, you’ll probably find her at the gym or on her yoga mat.

Mitch Bach

CHAT SPORTS

 

Mitch comes to Medicine Hat after beginning his broadcasting career in Fort St. John, BC. There he spent a year and a half as a weekend reporter/videographer for CJDC-TV News in Dawson Creek, BC.

Born in Olds, AB and raised in Sundre, AB, Mitch grew up the same way many young Canadian’s grow up; at the hockey rink. His love of hockey transformed him into a passionate sports fan, and ultimately his venture into broadcasting. Along with hockey, golf has also been a big part of his life, playing and competing throughout North America. Prior to enrolling in the RTBN program at SAIT Polytechnic, Mitch studied sciences at the University of Calgary for a year before taking a 7 month solo-trip to Australia. As a news reporter, Mitch enjoys covering hard-hitting stories that directly affect Hatters.

Self-described as awkwardly charismatic, he enjoys living a healthy, active lifestyle, singing at locations no one else can hear him, playing guitar, and giving his two cents on the latest Calgary Flames game.

Bob Ridley

CHAT SPORTS

Bob RidleyShortly after arriving on the CHAT scene, the Medicine Hat Tigers joined the Western hockey league and the result saw Bob becoming the play by play broadcaster, a job that he has held ever since.  Bob has broadcast all games but one and has witnessed the team winning five championships and two memorial cup championships, no doubt those trips to the memorial cup and broadcasting at that high level were a highlight of his career.

This Drumheller native graduated from the Radio and TV journalism program at Mount Royal College which led to him eventually coming back to Medicine Hat.

While enjoying covering all sports, Bob has played hockey, baseball, most racquet sports and was a member of the Alberta Canoe team for two years in the early ‘70’s.

Other career highlights for Bob came when he won the Civic Recognition sports award in 1995.  He was also named to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.  Then in 2005, won the Alberta Centennial award and more recently, two years ago, was the recipient of the RTNDA News Directors award.

Bob is married to wife Deb and has three children.  Son Bob is a dentist and lives in Edmonton and his two daughters live and have careers in Medicine Hat.