We saw a need in our community; a need, in fact, that exists in communities across the country: to bring back local news. We launched our North Muskoka site, Huntsville Doppler, in 2015. South Muskoka Doppler followed in 2021.
We strive to be the primary news source for people wanting to know what is happening in their community. We provide local news that is relevant and timely, with an emphasis on stories that dig deeper. We give readers stories that matter.
We are interested in what you are doing; what your kids are doing. We are the go-to site for everything that is happening in our extended Muskoka community. From beautiful photography, to news, community and sports coverage, to strong and provocative opinion pieces from people with local connections, we are working for you. We are also providing an easy way for you to interact with Doppler and we encourage you to participate. We value your opinions and we are honoured by your tremendous support.
Today, people expect more from their news source. Our mission is to provide it.
Hugh Mackenzie, Publisher
Hugh Mackenzie is a co-founder of Doppler and currently serves as its publisher. He has extensive experience in communications and strategic planning, most notably in broadcasting and print media and as founding CEO of Enterprise Canada, a national communications and public affairs firm. He has served as a Muskoka school trustee, chairman of the District Municipality of Muskoka, and as mayor of Huntsville. He has also served as chief of staff to an Ontario premier and been a member of a number of local, provincial and national boards. In his current capacity, he oversees the business functions of Doppler.
Dawn Huddlestone, Managing Editor
Dawn Huddlestone left the corporate world behind in 2007 to return to her love for writing. She arrived in Huntsville the same year and immediately embraced the local community and its people. She has written for many local publications, sharing stories and news about Muskoka’s people, public figures, places, and events. She joined Huntsville Doppler as a writer and editor for its launch in 2015, and became Doppler’s managing editor in 2020.
Matt Driscoll, Editor, South Muskoka Doppler
Matt Driscoll lives in Bracebridge with his wife and two wild boys. He was formerly the assistant editor with Muskoka Magazine/ What’s Up Muskoka, the marketing director of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce, and a photojournalist with the Bracebridge Examiner and Sioux Lookout Bulletin. Matt worked for several years in the museums field before moving into full-time journalism 16 years ago.
Curtis Armstrong, Sales Executive
Curtis Armstrong was born and raised in Bracebridge and has been working in the media industry since 2008. He has held a variety of roles in media both in and outside of Muskoka. He was the publisher of the Haliburton Echo until 2013, when he took over as publisher for Muskoka Magazine and What’s Up Muskoka. From 2016 until 2020, he was the director of media sales for Postmedia’s news properties in Grey, Bruce, Huron and Perth Counties. Curtis is looking forward to working with clients throughout Muskoka to help them reach their audiences. For more information, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doppler Online is a division of C3 Digital Media Group Inc.