Our Team


President
B.C. Interior South

Dave Hamilton
250-204-2720

Dave has worked with Black Press since 2007 beginning his career in sales at the Comox Valley Record, then taking on multiple Black Press publisher and group publisher roles including the Fernie Free Press, Invermere Valley Echo, Golden Star, Campbell River Mirror, Comox Valley Record, Comox Valley Echo and the North Island Gazette.
dave.hamilton@blackpress.ca

Director of Sales
B.C. Interior South

Karen Hill
250-215-2222

In October of 1989, Karen began her career in the classified department at the Kelowna Capital News. Most of her tenure in Kelowna was spent in the accounting department where she worked her way to group controller for the Interior with Lower Mainland Publishing and then West Partners Publishing when they bought the newspaper in 2001. In 2003, Black Press purchased the Capital News and Karen integrated into the accounting department, working with the president on all the southern divisions until she took on the position of publisher at the Vernon Morning Star in 2006. In September 2010, she made her way back to Kelowna as publisher of the Capital News and Lake Country Calendar, as well as our specialty products Food & Wine Trails and Grapes to Wine.
karen.hill@blackpress.ca

Director of Distribution
and Manufacturing Operations
B.C. Interior South

Ian Jensen
778-212-0524

Ian started his newspaper career in 1985 at the Nanaimo Daily Free Press as a circulation representative. In 1987, he became the circulation manager of the Prince Albert Daily Herald and held the same positions at the Vernon Daily News, Prince George Citizen and also had a stop at the Victoria Times Colonist. In 2003, Ian was promoted to publisher of the Prince Albert Daily Herald, and in the spring of 2012, moved to Vernon to become publisher of the Vernon Morning Star.
ian.jensen@blackpress.ca

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Editor, Columnist
Tracy Hughes
1-250-832-2131

Tracy Hughes has worked for the Observer for more than 12 years as a reporter and editor, as well as managing the demands of her three young children. She enjoys writing about everything from quirky people to hard-hitting issues.

Okanagan Digital Editor
Jen Zielinski
250-979-7306
Jen graduated from the broadcast journalism program at BCIT. She also has bachelor of arts degree in political science and sociology from Thompson Rivers University. Previously, the Fernie native was the senior video journalist for Castanet News, based in Kelowna. She has a passion for online journalism, as well as local volunteer organizations, such as the BC SPCA.
jen.zielinski@bpdigital.ca

Okanagan Digital
News Editor

Carmen Weld
250-979-7308
Carmen graduated from BCIT’s Broadcast Journalism program in April 2012 after completing a bachelor’s degree in economics and criminology at SFU. Her career started in radio as a news reporter in Duncan, Campbell River and Kelowna. She spent three years as a multimedia journalist for Castanet News. The North Vancouverite has a passion for online news, journalism, the community, her rescue pups and the Okanagan’s fabulous wine.
carmen.weld@bpdigital.ca

Martha Wickett, reporter
Reporter, Columnist
Martha Wickett
250-832-2131

Martha Wickett came to Salmon Arm to work at the Observer in May of 2004. She moved in an effort to escape the traffic and concrete of the Lower Mainland where she had worked in community newspapers for more than a decade.


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Reporter
Lachlan Labere

 


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Reporter, Columnist
Barb Brouwer
250-832-2131

An award-winning reporter, Barb Brouwer has been a member of the Salmon Arm Observer editorial team for 10 years. She enjoys the variety of work and the opportunity to meet people that her job provides. She is an insatiable reader.

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Reporter
Jim Elliot
250-832-2131


Advertising Sales
Penny Brown
(250) 832-2131


Advertising Sales
Sherry Kaufman
(250) 832-2131


Advertising Sales
Laura Lavigne
250-832-2131


Advertising Sales
Tammy Howkins
250-832-2131


Circulation
Valerie McMillen
250-832-2131


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