Our Team

Kevin Parnell

Managing Editor
Kevin Parnell

Kevin Parnell is the managing editor of the Kelowna Capital News and Lake Country Calendar. He began working for the Capital News as a staff reporter in 2003 and has been working as a journalist in B.C. since 1994.

Barry Gerding

Senior Regional Reporter
Barry Gerding

Barry Gerding is senior regional reporter for Black Press in the Central Okanagan. He was the editor of the Kelowna Capital News for 16 years before taking on the regional position in late 2016.

Alistair Waters
Assistant Editor
Al Waters
The assistant editor of the Capital News, Alistair Waters has a nose for politics at the civic, provincial and federal levels, and helps readers understand the verbal spin doctoring politicians are fond of using.

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.

Kathy Michaels
Staff Reporter
Kathy Michaels
Kathy Michaels has covered everything from arts to crime for the Capital News since 2008. When she has time to ruminate on the matters that impact this city she puts them in her column Kathartic, which is published Fridays.

Carli Berry

Staff Reporter
Carli Berry

Carli Berry joined the Capital News in January of 2017 after beginning her career by working at both the Vernon Morning Star and Salmon Arm Observer. She graduated from Thompson Rivers University’s journalism program.

Warren Henderson

Sports Reporter
Warren Henderson

Warren Henderson has been covering local sports for the Capital News since 2000. He began his career as a reporter with CTV in Saskatoon as well as CBC in Regina.

Rick Methot

Marketing Assistant

Rick Methot

Rick has been in the newspaper business for 28 years. He started out at the Nanaimo Daily Free Press in 1988 as a sales rep. He became the advertising manager of that newspaper in 1992 for eight years at which time he was promoted to the position of publisher of the Port Alberni Valley Times. In 2008 he moved to Medicine Hat to be the advertising director of the Medicine Hat News which lasted until 2010. He then went to the Lethbridge Herald where he got back into sales. He has been at the Capital News since July 2012 as an advertising consultant and looks forward finishing his newspaper career here in Kelowna.

Ashley Kolberg
Multi Media
Marketing Assistant

Ashley Kolberg
Ashley joined the Capital News in early 2017 after working in sales and marketing in the oilfield sector in Alberta and Saskatchewan for the past 10 years. Her and her husband live in Lake Country where they also have a boat rental company that they operate in the summer.

Marketing Assistant

Dean Taylor
Dean Taylor started with Black Press working at the Duncan News Leader Pictorial and shortly afterwards moved to Campbell River to join the award-winning team at the Campbell River Mirror. Having graduated from the University of Victoria, Taylor remains a big fan of the Okanagan.

Marketing Assistant

David Hawryluk 250-979-7935

David joined the Capital News in 2017, coming from a sales and marketing background. He enjoys meeting new people in the community and providing them with effective solutions to help them brand and grow their businesses. Although originally from Calgary, David is an avid Canucks fan. Upon moving to Kelowna, David has fully embraced living in the beautiful Okanagan – everything from hiking Knox Mountain, camping, swimming in the pristine lakes, to snowboarding in the winter. Above all, he has passion to help those around him succeed.

Marketing Assistant

Breanna Nathorst
Breanna graduated from SFU with a bachelor’s degree in Communication, a minor in digital and print Publishing, and a Specialization in Marketing. She recently moved to the beautiful Okanagan from North Vancouver, where she worked with local startups doing social media strategy, market research, brand development and lead seminars on business development. She has a passion for working with people, making connections in the community, and writing.
On the weekends you can find her hiking with her new puppy Koda, cooking, drinking wine, and enjoying what the Okanagan has to offer.

Marketing Assistant

Raveen Braich
Raveen graduated from the University of Victoria with a double major in Kinesiology and Psychology. Born and raised in Vancouver, Raveen ventured out to Kelowna, BC upon graduation and has been fully embracing the Okanagan lifestyle ever since. She spends her time away from the office by the beautiful lakes and hiking trails the Okanagan has to offer, breaking a sweat at the gym, and spending time with loved ones. She joined the team at Capital News in late 2017 bringing with her a very diverse background in marketing and customer service.

Marketing Assistant

Sam Hill

Advertising Assistant
Sheri Jackson

Michelle Trudeau
Special Features/Display Advertising
Michelle Trudeau
Michelle has been with the Capital News since May 2010 in our classified department and has been the front desk gal.
She greets you when you come in and enjoys doing special display features for the Capnews. She is also the gal that calls you when you win a terrific prize from the awesome contests we have each month.

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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