Our Team

Group Publisher
Karen Hill

In October of 1989, Karen began her career in the classified department at the Capital News. She spent 17 years in the accounting department where she worked her way to group controller for the Interior with Lower Mainland Publishing and then West Partners Publishing. Black Press purchased the Capital News in 2003 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 Group Publisher of the Capital News, West K News, Lake Country Calendar, and our specialty publication Okanagan Food & Wine Trails.

Bureau Chief of B.C.
Interior South Division

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.

Michael Rodriguez
Michael Rodriguez began working at the Capital News as a reporter in June 2019 and subsequently helped launch the West K News in June 2020. In March 2021, he took the helm of both papers as editor.
Born in Calgary, Alta., Michael was raised close to the newspaper business, developing a passion for storytelling and community news at a young age. Eventually, Michael ventured into journalism himself, graduating from Lethbridge College’s digital journalism program in 2019.
Since arriving in the Okanagan, Michael has immersed himself in covering local politics, crime and community stories. In his first year with the Capital News, he earned the New Journalist of the Year award at the BC Yukon Community News Awards.

Barry Gerding

Regional Editor
Barry Gerding

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.

Okanagan Video Journalist
Twila Amato
Before joining the Black Press Media team, Twila was a radio reporter based in northern Vancouver Island, reporting for stations in the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Port Alice, Port Hardy, as well as Powell River. She won the Jack Webster Student Journalism Award while at BCIT and before then, received a degree in ancient and modern Greek history from McGill University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, singing show tunes, collecting lipstick and hanging out at Sephora.

Lead Paginator
Sydney Watt
Sydney is the lead paginator for the Okanagan. She started more than a year ago designing ads, but then switched to doing the layout for a few papers and then taking care of the layout for seven of the papers across the Okanagan.

Mulit-Media Journalist
Aaron Hemens
Aaron Hemens is a photographer and journalist originally from Ottawa, Ont.

Before joining the Capital News team in April 2021, Aaron was the editor/reporter of the Creston Valley Advance. In 2019, he spent seven months working as the editor/reporter of the Inuvik Drum.

Aaron graduated from Carleton University’s journalism program in June 2018. He was named as the recipient of the Mitch Jacobson Memorial Award in Photojournalism that same year. He was the assistant photographer at the Charlatan, Carleton’s student newspaper during 2017-18 and as the photo editor for the summer of 2018.

In his spare time, you can find him walking around town with his camera, or finding picture inspirations from a Stanley Kubrick film.

Multi-Media Journalist
Paula Tran
Paula Tran is a multimedia reporter for Kelowna Capital News whose work has been featured in Xtra Magazine, Global News, QP Briefing and many more. She holds a Master of Journalism degree from Ryerson University and a combined Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies.

Prior to joining the Capital News team in July 2021, Paula was a freelance journalist based in Toronto, Ont. She specializes in daily news journalism, features and longform writing. She covers local news, politics, Asian-Canadian issues, LGBTQ2S+ issues and identity politics.

Advertising Representative
Caity Henry
Caity grew up in Kingston, Ontario and graduated from Griffith University in Australia with a degree in Communications & Journalism. Upon her return to Canada, she worked on the digital team at Metroland Media (a division of Torstar) in downtown Toronto. Taking a two year break to travel, Caity made her way West to Calgary. While in Calgary, Caity worked in sales for the hotel industry for almost four years before settling in Kelowna and joining the team at Kelowna Capital News in July 2021. Caity is excited to explore the Okanagan area and all the beautiful activities and sites the area has to offer.

Advertising Representative
Christine Esovoloff
Christine is a multimedia marketing consultant, author, blogger, and mom of two! She loves working with people and her helping clients with their unique marketing needs. When she isn’t busy with work, writing or family, you can find her hiking or sipping some delicious Okanagan wine with friends!

Advertising Representative
Jeff Jones
There is nothing I love more than helping people/businesses reach their desired goals. Coming from a background in retail for over 17 years, marketing has always been a passion of mine with finding unique and fun ways to get customers in the store. This passion helped paved the path to Black Press Media because it has opened a window to help multiple businesses grow! My goal is to provide the best in class customer service by working with each individual client/business in order to obtain optimal growth for each person’s marketing needs. I take my time, I research and would love nothing more than the opportunity to work with you!”

Circulation Clerk
Sam Wolka
Sam Wolka got his first job for the Capital News as a paper delivery boy in his youth. then in highschool started working for the flyer insertion department of the news paper. After many years living outside of the Okanagan he returned to the Capital News warehouse, where he would quickly move on to become a driver for the company. After many years as a driver, delivering bundles to Capital News carriers he moved in to the circulation department where he currently resides. “The Capital News has been a big part of my life”

Advertising Representative
Rick Methot
I have been in the newspaper business for more than 30 years and have
had the pleasure of working with a variety of clients from
local ownership operators to national chain store agencies. I have been with the Capital News for 9 years and have had the pleasure of building some great relationships with many local business owners. Advertising is a passion that I strive to excel at in order to help drive traffic to local businesses and I look forward to meeting new people and developing a plan to help grow your business through the many advertising opportunities we have to offer at the Capital News.

Advertising Representative
Roxanne Mackintosh
Roxanne started her career in media and marketing in 2011 in Alberta while working toward her degree in Media and Communications. After seven years in marketing and a lifetime in Alberta, Roxanne made the move to Kelowna in September, 2020. With several years of experience in the industry, Roxanne is a great source of information and would be happy to work with you to help your business grow!

Circulation Clerk
Alivia Scriver
Alivia joined the Black Press team back in December 2017 as a Circulation Co-ordinator for the Capital News, WestK News and Lake Country Calendar. She enjoys helping the community with any of their newspaper inquiries. Vancouver born, she decided (for the second time) to move to Kelowna for the amazing lifestyle it has to offer. In her spare time, you can find her either kayaking the Okanagan waterways, enjoying the beautiful lakefronts, snow shoeing with friends and fur nephew (Koda the malamute), building PC’s or enjoying a peaceful day of computer gaming with her lovely girlfriend.

Circulation Manager
Maria Zacarias
Maria Zacarias is a product of Notre Dame University in the Philippines. She had a degree in Bachelor Secondary Education and moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1991. In 1993, she landed in the newspaper industry and worked for Vannet Newspapers, Glacier Media, Quality Insertions and Black Press Media in Kelowna. She is one of the circulation team member in making sure that the papers are delivered to your doorstep. And if you are looking for a paper route? Just give her a call and she can help you with that