About The Flatlander

The Flatlander takes a closer look at the stories that bring us together on the Prairies, and make us unique.

Having grown up in Regina, and dedicated most of her professional life to reporting from the Prairies and up North, Kelly-Anne Riess was tired of seeing her home communities overlooked by national media and their ever-shrinking local news bureaus.

So in 2021, she took a chance and launched The Flatlander to bring Saskatchewanians and Manitobans the in-depth, local coverage we deserve. 

Instead of pumping out news stories daily, The Flatlander takes its time to offer nuanced, fair writing that untangles complex issues facing Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and strives to make our civic and societal issues more comprehensible.

Local, independent, in-depth.

Our Prairie stories.

Because we deserve a publication that understands and appreciates our unique experiences, and is committed to digging a little deeper. 

Open-minded inquiry is at the heart of our mission. In all our work, we believe in continually asking questions, seeking out different perspectives, and searching for better ways of doing things.

The Flatlander has no paywall, meaning readers do not have to pay to access stories. It is our belief that vital information needs to be seen by the people impacted.

The Flatlander is a member of LION (Local Independent Online News Publishers) and the Indiegraf network of independent publishers.

What our readers say

“I like that the focus is on Manitoba and Saskatchewan and without the big city slant.”

“It is nice to see newsworthy items, from close to home.”

“I like it because it’s local news pertaining to the Prairies where I live, not news from Toronto or Victoria pushing for laws, information, etc. that does not pertain to here. So tired of being told what is best for us and the environment from people and politicians that have no clue what it’s like here or out of the big cities.”

“It’s nice to read about the Prairies instead of the East or BC. I live in Saskatchewan and we seem to get forgotten about.”


The Flatlander adheres to the ethics guidelines outlined by the Canadian Association of Journalists. How we deal with errors and omissions in our reporting is important to maintaining our integrity and the trust of readers and sources. When The Flatlander publishes an error, we will acknowledge it and take appropriate steps to correct it as quickly as possible, both online and on our social media platforms. Readers who wish to alert us to errors and omissions can email Kelly at [email protected].

Who creates The Flatlander?

Originally from Regina, Kelly-Anne Riess is a journalist with 20 years experience. She’s spent most of her life living and working in the Prairie Provinces. Her past work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic, Chatelaine and on CBC.

Her professional colleagues may prefer to be based in large urban areas, like Toronto. But Riess believes the best stories are found outside of the big cities.You can read more about her here

Kelly-Anne Reiss

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