Our Team

Karen Hill
Director of Sales B.C. Interior South
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, Salmon Arm Observer, Revelstoke Review and our specialty publication Okanagan Food & Wine Trails.

Jen Zielinski
Bureau Chief of B.C. Interior South Division
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.

Brittany Webster
Multi-Media Journalist
Brittany Webster has started a new venture with Black Press Digital as a video journalist, leaving her radio anchor position at AM 1150. Brittany moved to Kelowna in February 2020, just before a pandemic was declared. With her new position she looks forward to meeting people out in the community, capturing the wonders of the Okanagan, and exploring everything our region has to offer. Brittany is reporting video news stories from Penticton to Vernon, with a main focus on the District of Lake Country. Brittany previously worked in television news on B.C.’s North coast after graduating with a degree in Digital Journalism from the University of Windsor, Ontario. If you have a news tip, she wants to hear it! Contact Brittany at brittany.webster@blackpress.ca

Barry Gerding
Regional Editor
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.

Sydney Watt
Lead Paginator
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.

Roxanne Mackintosh
Advertising Representative
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!

Maria Zacarias
Circulation Manager
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.