Judy Piercey (the Pen) and Ian Stewart (the Lens) are a married couple who bring their passion and professional expertise to writing, editing and taking pictures. They have worked in large-city newsrooms, covering national stories on politics, environment and business.
Judy and Ian both started their careers as newspaper reporters more than 30 years ago. They met at The Canadian Press, where Ian edited the stories Judy filed to the Edmonton bureau from Yellowknife.
As a reporter, Judy specialized in stories about Aboriginal issues, natural resources and conflict over land use. Her interest in Aboriginal people took her to CBC north, where she reported on-air and produced stories from around the Northwest Territories. A highlight was project managing CBC's coverage of the referendum to divide the NWT and create the new territory of Nunavut. Her experience as an executive producer brought her to Edmonton, where she ran the morning show, the newsroom and eventually the station. As managing director of CBC Edmonton and Northern Alberta, Judy was CBC's senior manager for Radio, TV and digital. She represented the public broadcaster to government, business and community leaders. A talented community leader in her own right, Judy pulled together diverse groups and used CBC as a platform to engage in crucial public policy discussions. Under her five years of leadership, CBC's audience increased significantly.
Ian was most recently a senior editor at the Edmonton Journal, with responsibility for all major sections of the newspaper, including the front page, city, business and sports. He thrives in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment and is adept at maintaining attention to detail and accuracy no matter how fast the turnaround. He developed his talent for reporting in a concise, balanced and accurate manner while covering the Alberta legislature, business and the environment for CP. When he moved from reporting to editing, first at CP and then at the Edmonton Sun, he mentored other reporters, helping them craft stories with clarity, never losing sight of the "big picture."
About 10 years ago, Ian began to pursue his love of photography. He learned to shoot sports by volunteering for the Edmonton Journal's sports desk on his days off. Eventually, Ian developed his skill to the point where he left his full-time job as an editor to concentrate on freelance photography. In addition to sports, he particularly enjoys travel and wildlife photography. Ian is a fully accredited member of the Professional Photographers of Canada.
"Although I studied photography as a part of my journalism program at Algonquin College many years ago, I am largely self-taught", says Ian. "I have had the great good fortune to have been mentored by some of the best photojournalists in the business over the years - the late Marcel Quenneville and Doug Petepiece in Cornwall Ontario, where I started in the newspaper business, Larry Wong, Greg Southam and Ed Kaiser at the Edmonton Journal, Paul Wright and the legendary Joe McNally. I owe all of these photographers an enormous debt of gratitude.