Cheryl McKenzie is the Executive Director of Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s (APTN) National News and Current Affairs. She is Anishinaabe and Cree, with roots in the Hollow Water and Peguis First Nations in Treaty 1 territory.
Cheryl’s journalism career with APTN began in June 2001. She was the first APTN journalist to receive a nomination at the Geminis (now the Canadian Screen Awards) and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, for an investigative series into families poisoned by asbestos due to on-reserve housing.
In 2005, Cheryl was promoted to Host/Producer for the launch of APTN National News: Daytime. She then moved to the APTN’s national call-in show, Contact in 2007.
APTN InFocus eventually replaced Contact in 2009, with Cheryl remaining at the forefront as Host/Producer. She was also the face of APTN Investigates during this time.
In 2012, Cheryl returned to the APTN National News desk and by 2016, had turned InFocus into an hour long show where she conducted the historic first-ever interview between Indigenous media and a sitting Prime Minister.
Later that year she left the news desk to become APTN’s Executive Show Producer and two years later, was promoted to her now current role.