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.
Josie Lukey – Multimedia journalist, social media
We are pleased to announce our most recent addition to the LiveWire Calgary team: Josie Lukey!
Josie joined LiveWire Calgary full time at the beginning of August 2019, believing passionately in the community-first news model.
Josie went to school at Mount Royal University where she graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications – Journalism, with a minor in political science. While there, she was the Editor in Chief of the Calgary Journal and the web editor for the Reflector. She also had the fortune to attend Harvard’s summer school for online journalism and political speechwriting. (She also interned at Metro Calgary under Darren!)
Josie was also the recipient of the CBC’s Joan Donaldson Memorial Scholarship where she gained a wealth of experience working for Canada’s public broadcaster in both Calgary and Toronto. After that, Josie parlayed that into more time working for the CBC until she landed with us at LiveWire Calgary.
Josie brings with her an unparalleled work ethic and dedication to unearthing stories missed by Calgary’s other media outlets. She’s also got a knack for being a social media guru with a marketing acumen we’ve never had before!