Eryn Pinksen is enrolled in the Radio and Television Program here at NAIT. She has a passion for news reporting and is very excited to be connecting others with campus news while working at The Nugget. She loves engaging with the campus as well as the local community and always enjoys meeting new people and learning about their unique stories.
Edmonton has been Eryn’s home for over five years as she began her education at the University of Alberta where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She has always wanted to be a news reporter and is proud to be developing her broadcast career in a city she is so passionate about.
You can always find Eryn at different local events, markets and coffee shops. She adores the theatre and supporting local artists. She has fallen in love with Edmonton; its culture and the hidden gems in the city that she is always happy to share.
Chris Figliuzzi is a former failed teacher and professional poker player that has spent most of his life living in fear of Edmonton winters. This is Chris’s second time at NAIT, and with The Nugget, having previously completed the Radio & Television diploma program and working as the Assistant Entertainment Editor.
After completing his first stint at NAIT Chris ventured off into the real world and worked to help establish 2 radio stations in Banff before moving to Peace River to work on air and eventually finding himself as the Morning Show Host and Music Director at Wayne FM in Wainwright.
Chris now finds himself back at NAIT and The Nugget where he spends his time actively avoiding any real work by claiming that he’s teaching delegation
Zachary Flynn is a second-semester Television student at NAIT. His love of storytelling and advocacy led him to write for The NAIT Nugget where he could share the stories of NAIT.
Before coming to NAIT, Zach spent his time with Edmonton Public Schools and Alberta Student Voice as an advocate for students, representing them on a local and provincial level. He strongly believes that when people are engaged with their community and the people around them, it leads to a more inclusive and welcoming environment for everybody.
As Sports Editor, his goal is to showcase the human side of being an athlete, showing that there’s more to sports than statistics. He also wants to use his time at The Nugget to help bring light to issues that matter to students and athletes alike.
Jace Maki a second-semester Radio and Television student at NAIT. His passion for news, politics and storytelling has led him to pursue a career in Television News.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Jace has a deep pride and admiration for his city and province. He likes spending time taking in the natural beauty of the Edmonton River Valley and enjoying the city’s growing downtown. He is a big supporter of Edmonton’s sports teams (especially the Eskimos).
As any other person his age, Jace likes spending time on social media and understands the important role it has in helping to keep the world connected. He had the opportunity to work on the social content team for the 2018 Grey Cup Festival.
As the Online Editor of the NAIT Nugget, he hopes to grow the Nugget’s Online presence and engage with the NAIT community. He’s very excited to work with the Nugget team this semester!
Online Content Creator
Jaylene is in her second semester of the Television and Radio Program here at NAIT. She was born in Nova Scotia but Edmonton has been home for 13 years now.
Jaylene is passionate about writing, photography, videography and her dog. She hopes to be a writer one day while still working in the television industry… she also hopes to own a house full of dogs.
Jaylene previously attended Concordia University but recently made the switch to NAIT which she is very happy about. She’s excited that she is finally doing something that she loves and is excited to be a part of the Nugget team!
Assistant Issues Editor
Althea Alabat is a 4th year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) student and finishing her last semester at NAIT with a major in Marketing. In the future, she’d like to eventually work in a news and media company, a marketing agency, or even start a business of her own!
She marks 2019 as her fifth year in Edmonton and originally hails from Vancouver, B.C. After moving to Edmonton, she initially attended the University of Alberta and was pursuing a BA in Psychology. She transferred to NAIT after just two short years at the U and has since enjoyed her academic career as a Marketing student.
Althea is very excited to be joining The Nugget Team in her final semester at NAIT. She hopes to learn and grow from her position as the Assistant Issues Editor. Her only regret being at NAIT was not knowing about The Nugget sooner!
Assistant Sports Editor
Jordan Tougas a first-semester Radio and Television student at NAIT. His passion for news, sports and analytics has led him to pursue a career in Television Sports.
Born in Edmonton and raised in Sherwood Park, Jordan has an idealistic enjoyment with his local/global sports teams. He likes spending time at NAIT and watching hockey with his free time, He follows thoroughly with the city’s growing downtown and his counties changes.
The Nugget is a great place for Jordan to reach his fullest potential in creative writing, editing and bringing out the best person in him with its fantastic community. He is an energetic and altruistic individual who loves to have his voice heard from teams and is passionate about getting his work done. Jordan strives on making relationships and working alongside his fantastic co editors.
As the Assistant Sports Editor of the NAIT Nugget, he hopes to grow himself and give frequent ideas to improve the sports industry at NAIT and to hopefully pursue a Job in Sports in the near future!
George M Hong
Assistant Operations & Sales
George Hong is enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at NAIT. George’s passion for writing and business aligns with the Nugget and the advertising needs of the newspaper. As a mature student, George understands the importance of campus involvement and networking in conjunction with post secondary education.
As an entrepreneur, George offers writing/editing, commission sales, and consulting services to help small businesses succeed and move to the next level. His varied experience includes management, project management, customer service, Human Resources, communications, and sales. George brings these valuable skills and resources to the Nugget management team.
Passion for travel has taken George to over five continents and 11 countries. However he is a proud Canadian that has always found his way back home to the true north strong and free.