Our Team

Okanagan Digital Editor
Jen Zielinski
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.

Okanagan Digital
News Editor

Carmen Weld
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.

Martha Wickett, reporter

Reporter, Columnist
Martha Wickett

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.


Lachlan Labere



Jim Elliot

Jodi Brak
250-832-2131 ext 9-218

Jodi Brak came to Salmon Arm in 2018 after graduating from the journalism program at Mount Royal University in Calgary. He worked as a freelance concert photographer and music journalist before joining the Observer team as a sports and community reporter. Jodi is passionate about music and arts, global politics and privacy issues in the ever-evolving digital space. He enjoys in-depth feature reporting and anything related to music and arts. He is known to be a notorious devil’s advocate, avid hiker and loves a good debate.

Advertising Sales
Penny Brown
(250) 832-2131

Advertising Sales
Laura Lavigne

Advertising Sales
Tammy Howkins

Regional Circulation Manager
Brian Gold

B.C. Interior South

Dave Hamilton

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.

Director of Sales
B.C. Interior South

Karen Hill

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.

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