Prince George Citizen Authors

  • Neil Godbout

    A graduate of the Carleton University journalism program in Ottawa, Neil earned a Master of Arts degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from UNBC in 2004. He has received provincial and national recognition for his work, including a National Newspaper Award nomination for editorial writing, a Ma Murray Award for editorial writing from the B.C./Yukon Community Newspaper Association and Best News Story and Best News Photo from the Canadian Community Newspapers Association. Locally, Neil has received awards of appreciation from the Prince George Brain Injured Group and the PG Pride Society for his editorial stances. Neil is also the author of the Broken Guardian trilogy of young adult urban fantasy novels. Dissolve and Resolve, the second and third books in the series, were finalists for Best Young Adult Novel from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association in 2013 and 2014 respectively. He is the past president of the Nechako Rotary Club and remains active in local Rotary initiatives, particularly Operation Red Nose. He is currently serving as a debate coach for the UNBC JDC West team.

  • Christine Hinzmann

    Christine Hinzmann grew up in Ontario, two hours north of Toronto, but found her way to Prince George in 1987. John Harding, former editor of the Prince George Citizen, gave her a chance at free lancing in 2000 (in the sports department of all places!) and she's never looked back after finagling her way into full time work at PG This Week, and then moving across the street to sister paper The Citizen in 2006. Known in Prince George as an armwrestling champion in the late 90s (and constantly reminded of it to this day!) she proudly writes about the lovely and talented people in the community. Recently Christine tried her hand at the online world and managed to bring home a Ma Murray Award for Online Innovation - she's very proud it was her first project and hopes to continue to explore the many interesting aspects of the multi media world in which we now live.

  • Mark Neilsen

    Mark Nielsen has been a reporter at the Prince George Citizen since November 2002.
    Since April 2009, he has been the Citizen's court and police reporter and prior to that, covered city hall and provincial and federal politics.
    A graduate of the University of British Columbia, where he earned a bachelor of arts majoring in political science, he has worked as a reporter in Port Hardy, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof, Dawson Creek and in the Fraser Valley as well as in Sutherland Shire, a suburb of Sydney, Australia.mnielsen@pgcitizen.ca

  • Arthur Williams

    Arthur Williams is currently the news editor for The Citizen.
    He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Mount Royal College – now Mount Royal University – in Calgary and has worked in newspapers in Prince George since 2005 as an editor, investigative journalist and columnist.
    Williams was the recipient of the 2007 Ma Murray Award for business writing from the B.C. Yukon Community Newspapers Association, the 2004 Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association's Editorial Excellence Award and the 2008 Jerry Mac Award for community journalism.

  • Jason Peters

    Jason was raised in Prince George and graduated from Duchess Park secondary school. He obtained an English degree from Simon Fraser University and a Journalism certificate from Langara College. Jason has worked at The Citizen since 2002, mostly as a sports reporter. He still dabbles in sports but, last April, moved into the position of associate news editor.
    In 2009, Jason won a Ma Murray Award in the sports writing category. His story, "The Courage to Coach," was voted as best of the year by the B.C. & Yukon Community Newspaper Association. Jason volunteers in a media relations capacity with The Canadian Cancer Society. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame.

  • Ted Clarke

    Ted joined the Citizen sports department in 1994 after working with Prince George This Week, the Calgary Sun, the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix and the Calgary Herald. A graduate of Mount Royal College in Calgary in 1990, Ted spends his free time cross-country skiing at Otway Nordic Centre, playing hockey with the Rusty Nuts oldtimers, running with his dog Cisco in Moore's Meadow and promoting Northern B.C. H.E.R.O.S. (Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operations Society) and its efforts to bring not-for-profit air ambulance helicopter service to the North Central B.C.

  • Brent Braaten

    Brent has spent his career toiling in the school of hard knocks of professional photography, and is still learning. He is thrilled that people let him into their lives for a brief moment to be able to tell their stories in pictures. Born and raised in Prince George, Brent started at the Citizen in 1990 and is our longest-serving member of the Citizen newsroom. 

  • Frank Peebles

    Frank Peebles has been a newspaper reporter in Prince George since 1994, fresh out of BCIT’s broadcast communications program. He also attended UVic upon graduation from high school in Burns Lake. His time at the Citizen began in 2004.
    Over the years, Frank has covered almost every beat possible, most notably police, industry, government and a longtime focus on arts and entertainment. He has won numerous awards for his journalism at the Canadian Community Newspaper Association and BC & Yukon Community Newspaper Association levels, and additional citations for his community volunteerism.
    Frank is an active freelance writer, a spoken word artist (his stuff is available on iTunes), has acted in community theatre productions, coaches his kids in sports, performs emcee duties for events, moderates public forums, and is a regular voice on community radio station CFIS.

Prince George Citizen Columnists

  • Tracy Summerville

    Tracy Summerville is an associate professor of political science at UNBC. She was the recipient of the UNBC Teaching Award in 2000 and she was short listed for the Canadian Political Science Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2010. She received the 2011 Robert W. Tait Award on Implementing Teaching Excellence at UNBC. In 2013 she was the recipient of the UNBC Advancement of Literacy Award and the UNBC Excellence in Teaching Award.

  • Nathan Giede

    Nathan Giede is a graduate of Duchess Park Secondary and Trinity Western University. He has been active on the political scene, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes since returning to Prince George. He was the the B.C. Conservative Party candidate in the Prince George-Valemount riding in the 2011 provincial election and served as campaign manager for Sheldon Clare’s independent bid for Cariboo-Prince George in the 2015 federal election.

  • Gerry Chidiac

    Gerry Chidiac is an award-winning secondary school teacher with School District 57. He received the Kron Sigal Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education from the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre for his Cultures In Conflict class, a course he developed for secondary schools.

  • Todd Whitcombe

    Todd Whitcombe is a professor of chemistry at UNBC and promotes broader knowledge of science in the community through his weekly columns, as well his frequent efforts working with youth during science camps. Todd has also been active politically for many years in Prince George and ran as a local NDP candidate in the 2001 provincial election.

  • Megan Kuklis

    Megan Kuklis was born and raised in Prince George, before heading to Victoria to pursue post-secondary education. She returned with her husband William to raise her kids and work at UNBC in the International Education department.

  • Kathy Nadalin

    Kathy Nadalin was a 2012 nominee for Prince George Citizen of the Year. A member of the Order of the Eastern Star for nearly 40 years, she volunteers extensively with the Elder Citizens Recreation Association. In 2009, she and Agnes Leslie won the Jeanne Clarke Award for best publication in the field of local history.

  • Eric Allen

    Eric Allen is a longtime resident of Prince George. He was instrumental in organizing local opposition in the provincial HST referendum and he worked with a group that gathered more than 9,000 signatures against a plan by Prince George city council to build the River Road dike project.

  • Dave Fuller

    Dave Fuller is a graduate of the MBA program at UNBC and is a certified professional business coach. As the owner of a longtime successful retail business himself, Dave works with successful business owners who are stuck in moving their business forward.

  • Andrew Adams

    Andrew Adams grew up in Kansas, where he received a degree in agriculture. He moved to Alaska, where he met his wife Janie. The couple moved to Prince George and created Hope Farms Organic at Aleza Lake. Their produce is available at local stores and restaurants.

  • Mark Ryan

    Mark Ryan is an investment advisor at RBC Dominion Securities in Prince George. He coaches youth soccer and volunteers extensively with local charities.

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