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 

Assistant Bureau Chief of B.C.
Interior South Division

Paul Clarke
250-309-2065
Since graduating from Carleton University’s school of journalism in 2012, Paul Clarke has worked for several news organizations, including New Brunswick’s Telegraph-Journal, the Rwanda News Agency and the Toronto Star.
In more recent years, Paul was a reporter and an editor for the Jasper Fitzhugh and spent the past year-and-a-half reporting for the Rocky Mountain Outlook in Canmore, Alta.
Along the way he has earned several provincial and national writing awards for his enterprise reporting and is keen to hit the ground running when he arrives on September 16.
Outside of work Paul is an avid skier who loves exploring the backcountry and is looking forward to getting into lake life.
paul.clarke@blackpress.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
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 

Social Media Manager & Multi-Media Reporter
Natalia Cuevas-Huaico
778-738-3057
Natalia would describe herself as creative, driven and vivacious.
A Vancouver-born and recent graduate of the Broadcast and Online Journalism program at BCIT, she decided to jumpstart her social media and journalism career in beautiful Kelowna.
Her love for visual storytelling and social media stemmed from watching in-depth documentaries and growing up during the surge of social media giants like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Before joining the Black Press Media team, Natalia gained multi-media skills while interning at CityNews Vancouver, CTV Morning Live and Vive Social PR where she learned how to manage digital platforms with compelling content.
Apart from being a social media aficionado, Natalia also thrives in the video editing suite. Her main goal is to transport her audience to new places while teaching them new things. She believes evoking compassionate emotions through storytelling is the first step in creating change. If you asked her what her beat is, she would say community and pop-culture.
During her spare time, she enjoys travelling, all things tacos, immersing herself in all genres of music (except Country) and rewatching her favourite Netflix shows.
natalia.cuevashuaico@blackpress.ca 

Multi-Media Journalist
Dan Taylor
778-738-0603
Dan graduated from Trent University/Loyalist College’s journalism program in 2018. Born and raised in the suburbs of Toronto, Daniel has interned for TSN 1050 and written for the Belleville Senators of the American Hockey League while working for Belleville Ontario’s QNet News in college. He is also a contributing author in the book Glory and Triumph (2014), which features never before seen official NHL photos.
Upon graduation, he decided to jumpstart his career in Kelowna to take on the role of a primary reporter for the Lake Country Calendar/general assignment reporter for Kelowna Capital News.
Many would describe Dan as an outgoing character with an appetite for success. Outside of work Dan enjoys writing music on his guitar, playing hockey with friends and watching the Maple Leafs on Saturday nights.
daniel.taylor@kelownacapnews.com 

Multi-Media Journalist
Michael Rodriguez
778-738-0456
Michael graduated from Lethbridge College’s journalism program in 2019. Born in Calgary, Alta., Michael was raised close to the newspaper business before eventually endeavouring into it himself. After an internship with Calgary Sports and Entertainment, writing for several of Calgary’s professional sports teams, he made his way to beautiful British Columbia to a desk (the big desk) at the Kelowna Capital News.
Stay tuned to Michael’s stories for the latest from city hall, court and the City of Kelowna in general. You can also follow him on Twitter at @MichaelRdrguez.
Outside of work, Michael can often be found at the nearest cafe or at home watching Netflix.
michael.rodriguez@kelownacapnews.com 

Michelle Trudeau

Special Features / Display advertising
Michelle Trudeau

250-766-4688

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
778-212-0524

Lead Paginator
Sydney Watt
778-738-2902
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.
sydney.watt@kelownacapnews.com

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

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