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.

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.

Scott Roblin

CHAT NEWS

Born in Edmonton and raised in Okotoks, Scott comes to CHAT TV after spending most of his life in southern Alberta.

Scott graduated from SAIT’s Radio, Television and Broadcast News program with honours in 2014, and spent the first two years of his career with The Eagle 100.9 in his hometown of Okotoks as a news & sports reporter. More recently, Scott spent close to two years in Melfort, Saskatchewan working as a news & sports reporter, and the play-by-play voice of the SJHL’s Melfort Mustangs and Nipawin Hawks for 105 CJVR FM and CK750.

A die hard Calgary Flames fan, Scott also is a weekly Flames columnist for Daily Hive Calgary.

Brittney Matejka

CHAT NEWS

Brittney was born & raised on a farm just outside of Ponoka, Alberta.

She graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) with a Television Broadcasting Diploma in 2017.

While studying in Edmonton, she had many opportunities for personal & professional growth. This included being the game day host for the Edmonton Oil Kings & Edmonton Prospects. She was also the game day lead for the Edmonton Oilers Octane Cheer Team, and competed at the Canadian National level with the Edmonton Synchronized Skating Club.

Brittney was overjoyed to become a part of the Jim Pattison Broadcasting Group, and looks forward to sharing Hatter’s stories each day. She hopes to put her rural roots to good use here in southern Alberta.

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.