Doppler — Digging deeper to bring you stories that matter
We saw a need in our community, a need, in fact, that exists in communities across the country: to bring back local news.
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 Huntsville and 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.
What our readers are saying
“I appreciate that you bring a balanced approach to both broader issues and local news. It’s good to have you in the community.” — D.G.
“I moved to the area in March  and read your news every time it comes into my inbox. I find the commentary thoughtful and I learn more about my new home with every read.” — C.F.
“Always topical, timely and well done.” — A.H.
“I very much value what you provide so well to our community and thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to your craft. Huntsville Doppler is well worth being supported by the readers.” — P.J.
“Doppler helps me connect to our community. I feel a sense of belonging and awareness. Thank you.” — P.S.
Hugh Mackenzie, Chairman and Publisher
Hugh Mackenzie is a co-founder of Doppler and currently serves as 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 to which he also contributes a weekly commentary column, Listen Up!.
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 Doppler for its launch in 2015.
Elizabeth Rice, Chair of Doppler’s Advisory Board
Elizabeth Rice is a co-founder of Doppler and was publisher from 2015 to December 2019. She is currently chair of Doppler’s Advisory Board. She has an extensive media background. During her time as publisher of the Huntsville Forester, the newspaper won many editorial and advertising awards, and had a solid reputation as one of the best community weekly newspapers in Ontario. She was also co-publisher of two Muskoka-wide publications. She has served as a member of the Ontario Press Council and been actively involved in many community projects and committees.
Matthew Mackenzie, Advisory Board Member
Matthew Mackenzie is a co-founder of Doppler and a member of our Advisory Board. A Huntsville native, he is Manager of Government and Community Relations at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa. He is a Government Relations and Strategic Communications professional with a background that spans industry associations, private sector consulting, publicly traded corporations and post-secondary sectors.
Ben Boucher, Advisory Board Member
Ben Boucher is a Huntsville native, a co -founder of Doppler and a member of our Advisory Board. He has been an educator at the secondary level at the Waterloo Region District School Board since 2007. His subjects and his interests include history, politics and geography. He is also an active member of his community.