Darren Krause – Founder / Editor
The importance of community news was ingrained in Darren early in his journalism career during a two-year stint as a reporter, then editor, at the Vulcan Advocate weekly newspaper in Vulcan, Alberta starting in 2000.
Those two years provided the foundation to branch off from the newspaper world into a successful writing business. Writing credits included Today’s Parent, Canadian Geographic, Alberta Venture, Westworld and numerous other magazines, along with the ghostwriting of more than 100 e-books.
As it often does, the writing business led back to newspapers, with a freelance gig for the then-start up Metro Calgary. That gig led to being hired full time in 2007. After only five months as the senior reporter, Darren took over as the Managing Editor. The paper flourished under Darren’s direction, with nine consecutive years of increased readership (going from 43,000 in 2008 to 160,000 in 2017.) The work of his team resulted in Metro being the number one read daily newspaper Monday to Friday in Calgary from 2015 to 2017. Revenue during this time also surpassed all expectations, making Metro Calgary one of the consistently profitable editions in the Metro English Canada chain.
For four years in the middle of his tenure with Metro Calgary, Darren also served as Managing Editor for Metro Edmonton – also helping boost lagging readership numbers and revenue with his vision for a city newspaper.
Darren was named an Avenue Magazine Top 40 Under 40 in 2013. In 2015, his team (along with Metro Edmonton) garnered the first ever (and only) National Newspaper Award nomination for Metro English Canada. It was in the Breaking News category for their work covering the Fort McMurray wildfires.
Brodie Thomas – Multimedia Journalist
Writing and reporting has taken Brodie Thomas to the extreme ends of this country.
After graduating from the University of King’s College School of Journalism, he launched his career in the Northwest Territories as the Mackenzie Delta correspondent for News/North. There he got to do everything from chatting with Gwich’in elders about the preservation and revival of their language, to scrumming with the Prime Minister.
From the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic, Brodie made the move to small town Newfoundland where he reported and eventually edited and managed The Gulf News in Port aux Basques, writing also for The Western Star and the St. John’s Telegram. This was where he really learned to love community journalism, finding the stories that mattered to readers, and the ones they didn’t see coming – like the farmer growing giant pumpkins, or the teen whose hobby was manufacturing stone arrowheads.
Making the jump to daily reporting, Brodie became the senior reporter with Metro Calgary in 2015, covering city hall, housing and homelessness, and the tech sector.
Brodie has joined LiveWire with the hope of connecting journalism back to the community. He’s less interested in the latest breaking tidbit of news, and more focused on people’s stories. He hopes you’ll share yours with him.
Our Community News Founders
These are the amazing patrons who provide not only moral support, but the very necessary funding to sustain the journalism at LiveWire Calgary. They are an integral part of our success.