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

Bureau Chief of B.C.
Interior South Division

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 

Barry Gerding

Regional Editor
Barry Gerding
250-763-3212

Barry Gerding is the senior regional reporter for Black Press in the Okanagan. Barry’s career as a journalist in the B.C. community newspaper field spans 37 years working in northwest B.C., Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan. He was managing editor of the Kelowna Capital News for 16 years from 2000 to 2016, and prior to that editor of the Burnaby Now, Chilliwack Times and Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle. He also worked as a reporter for Houston Today, Interior News in Smithers, Sidney Review on Vancouver Island and Abbotsford Times. He currently works out of Kelowna and resides in the Toovey Heights neighbourhood, married with two kids and far too many animals.
barry.gerding@blackpress.ca

Alistair Waters
Regional Assistant Editor
Al Waters
250-979-7305
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.
awaters@kelownacapnews.com

Regional Assistant Editor
Steve Kidd
778-738-1055
Steve is an award-winning photojournalist turned writer with a long history in the industry, freelancing for newspapers throughout B.C. He came to Black Press in 2007 when the chain acquired the Lake Country (Winfield) Calendar. He is now a regional editor in the Okanagan bureau, after having worked for a decade in Penticton covering a variety of beats from the arts to politics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Thompson Rivers University and a diploma in new media communications from the College of the Rockies.
steve.kidd@blackpress.ca 

Multi-Media Video Journalist
Laryn Gilmour
778-738-0627

After a long journey from Barrie, Ontario, Laryn is excited to be apart of Black Press Media’s team.
She has a passion for breaking news, current events, videography and story telling.
She graduated from the Broadcast Journalism and Television Production course at Niagara College and knew she wanted to advance her career in beautiful British Columbia.
She started her career as an intern for CTV Toronto, where she worked the information desk and scanners gathering breaking news stories, after graduating she worked as a video-journalist at CFTK TV in Prince Rupert and as a radio announcer in Victoria.
Her hobbies are painting landscapes inspired by her photography. You’ll probably see her hiking the mountains with a camera in her hands capturing the best of the Okanagan.
laryn.gilmour@blackpress.ca

Multimedia
Marketing Consultant

Dean Taylor
250-979-7316
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.
dean.taylor@kelownacapnews.com

Multimedia
Marketing Consultant

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.
david.hawryluk@kelownacapnews.com

Multimedia
Marketing Consultant

Breanna Nathorst
250-979-7329
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.
breanna.nathorst@kelownacapnews.com

Marketing Strategist
Sam Hill
778-738-1055
Having grown up close to the business of media, Sam has a passion for community media and marketing. After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree for Business Administration in 2014, Sam sharpened her marketing and creative thinking skills at successful companies, such as lululemon and Oilers Entertainment Group, before joining Black Press Media as a Marketing Strategist. Sam asks the questions that make people think about their business and what their needs truly are, and with that information she can develop marketing strategies that drive results. From strategy to development of creative to execution, Sam can connect all of the dots.
To get on Sam’s good side, talk to her about her rescue dog Odie, Instagram, hockey and the best hidden gems in the Okanagan. She also gives great restaurant recs and always wants to hear from you: What do you want from a local media company?
samantha.hill@blackpress.ca

Senior Multi-Media Journalist
Caitlin Clow


Multi-Media Journalist
Mackenzie Britton


Michelle Trudeau
Special Features/Display Advertising
Michelle Trudeau
250-979-7936
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.

Regional Circulation Manager
Brian Gold
250-979-7324

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