John Cairns, who originally hails from Saskatoon, has been based in the Battlefords since 2008, reporting for the Battlefords Regional News-Optimist.
His main beats focus on local, provincial and federal politics and elections, business and education. He has also covered major trials, including the Curt Dagenais trial in 2009 and the Gerald Stanley trial in 2018. Beyond hard news, he is just as comfortable interviewing big-name country music artists and sports figures, and covering hot dog eating contests. He has a keen interest in the entertainment industry and writes a regular column on movies called Cairns on Cinema.
John is a familiar face at the Civic Centre as beat reporter for the Battlefords North Stars. Since 2020, he has added television duties by hosting a number of interview shows for Access Now TV in North Battleford.