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Meet the team

John Spitters News Director

John was born in Belleville in 1956 and has been committed to bringing Quinte the local news for most of the last thirty years. John graduated from Centennial Secondary School in 1975 and Ryerson in 1978. After a stint in radio sales John returned to his favorite department full-time in 2006. When he's out of the Newsroom John can often be found enjoying a round of golf.

John guides the news department while personally covering people and events throughout the Quinte region. He's up at the crack of dark to bring you morning newscasts on 800 CJBQ, Mix 97 and Rock 107.

Email John: johnspitters@rock107.ca


Jack Miller Sports Director

Jack started at Quinte Broadcasting back in the 1970's and has made quite an impression on our community. The Cornwall native started as the host of CJBQ's afternoon show and moved into the Sports Director's Chair in 1979. Jack has been the play-by-play voice of the Belleville Bulls since 1981 and spends his Christmas Break working with Team Canada on the National Radio Broadcasts at the World Junior Tournament. He was also elected to Belleville City Council in 2006.

Jack can be heard weekday mornings bringing you the latest sports scores on 800 CJBQ, Mix 97 and Rock 107. Or shouting "He Scores" at an OHL rink near you

Email Jack: jack@mix97.com


Mary Thomas

Mary has been a long time member of the Quinte Broadcasting news team. A Ryerson University journalism grad, she was a radio news director in Sudbury, a reporter for the Telegram newspaper in Toronto, and has also had four non-fiction books published. For more information on her books go to behindenemy@hotmail.com. Mary's work has taken her to Bosnia, Honduras, South Korea and Canada's Arctic.

Mary can be heard reporting on Belleville City Council meetings and many other news stories in the Quinte region. Mary is also host of Newsmaker Sunday, each Sunday at the noon hour on 800 CJBQ.

Email Mary: marythomas@cjbq.com


Joyce Cassin

Joyce is a freelance reporter for Quinte Broadcasting. Although her full-time job is covering the news for the Port Hope Evening Guide she has been contributing stories on newsmakers in Brighton to CJBQ, Mix 97 and Rock 107 for several years.

Joyce reports on Brighton Council meetings and keeps us up to date on news from the Brighton Health Services Centre.


Tim Durkin

Tim Durkin grew up in the Irish Catholic metropolis of Read in Tyendinaga Township. After stints in Yellowknife and Kingston, Tim has settled in the Quinte region once again. He loves sports, religion, theatre and is a news junkie.

Catch up with Tim on Twitter @Rock107Durkin, or email timdurkin@cjbq.com


Jennifer Howell

Jennifer comes to the Quinte region from the east coast. She was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she completed a Bachelor of Arts at Dalhousie and a Bachelor of Journalism at University of King's College. In Halifax she was a producer of a daily news magazine show and she also produced four seasons of Halifax Mooseheads hockey.

Jennifer moved to the area with her husband who works at CFB Trenton. She's an avid runner, sports fan and loves to study history.


Nicole Kleinsteuber

Nicole was born in Belleville and raised in Prince Edward County. She returned to the Quinte area to study Journalism at Loyalist College in 2009.

With a specialization in Online Journalism, she is a graduate of the Advanced Journalism, Online, Print and Broadcast program. During college Nicole worked for a variety of news organizations throughout the community. (Sun Media, Countylive and Starboard Communications) She also created and maintained a multimedia website called Prince Edward County Voice where she hosted a variety of online events and discussions focusing on political, environmental and social issues.

Prior to graduation Nicole completed a highly sought after and prestigious internship at CBC News in Toronto. She worked along side a variety of award winning Journalists at CBC News Toronto, CBL FM, The World This Weekend and the Hourlies.

When Nicole isn't in the newsroom you'll find her traveling, relaxing at her cottage or at sporting and community events throughout Quinte.

Twitter: @newsualsuspects or e-mail: nicole@rock107.ca


Amanda Lorbetski

Amanda comes from cottage country, the small town of Barry's Bay with just over 1000 people, three hours north of Belleville.

She graduated high school among the top in her class in 2012, majoring in arts and culture. Amanda's creative writing has earned her both provincial and national awards, having been published in six Canada-wide anthologies.

Her print journalism career kicked off when she began freelance reporting for the Barry's Bay This Week. She went on to write for local newspapers the Combermere Free Press and later The Valley Gazette as a news reporter/photographer, (where she also completed a co-op placement.)

Amanda is currently finishing her second year of Loyalist College's Journalism-Online, Print and Broadcast advanced diploma program, planning on specializing in radio next year.

She is secretary of the Board of Directors for the college's campus radio station 91X and represents her program to the dean of media, all while maintaining an academic average in the 90s.

When Amanda isn't in the newsroom she enjoys photography, reading and crocheting (which she donates to both the Belleville General Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa.)

Amanda brings you the latest news Saturday mornings from 6 a.m. until noon on 800 CJBQ, Mix 97 and Rock 107.

Contact Amanda via Twitter: @AmandaLorbetski



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