About Us

Your Community News Team

Shannon  Simpson Publisher
Shannon Simpson
Shannon Simpson has close to 30 years of newspaper experience in a variety of sales and leadership roles across Western Canada, most recently becoming a business partner in the launch of a new community newspaper in Saskatoon,SK. Simpson has lived in the Okanagan Valley on two prior occasions, Vernon from 1991-1993, and Kelowna from 2000-2004, and is excited to now call Penticton home.
Sales Manager
Larry Mercier
Kristi  Patton Editor
Kristi Patton
Kristi Patton has been working as a reporter since 2005 and joined the Western News in 2008. Her beats previously included courts, crime and arts and entertainment before moving to the position of editor.
Classified Department
Beverly D.
Andrew Jakubeit
Maximilian Wesselly
Allison  Markin Columnist
Allison Markin
Allison Markin is the food and libations columnist for the Penticton Western News.
Sawyer Klassen
Richard Cannings
Jane Shaak
Jane Shaak is the executive director of the Okanagan School of the Arts/Shatford Centre.
Dan  Walton Reporter
Dan Walton
250-492-3636 ext. 218
John Moorhouse
Jeff Nagel
Don Kendall
Creative Services Manager
Steven Stoochnoff
Steve  Kidd Senior Reporter
Steve Kidd
250-492-3636 ext 216
I have been working as a journalist and photojournalist for ... well, a number of years. I joined Black Press in 2007, moving to the Penticton Western News later that year, where I now cover the city beat and anything else that needs a story. I can also be contacted at city@pentictonwesternnews.com
Andrea DeMeer
Mark  Brett Photographer
Mark Brett
(250) 492-3636
Dale  Boyd Reporter
Dale Boyd
250-492-3636 ext. 228
Originally from Cold Lake Alberta, Dale Boyd covers the court beat and Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.
Tara Bowie
Joe  Fries Former Reporter
Joe Fries
250-492-3636 ext 218
Joe has been working as a journalist around B.C. and Alberta since 2006 and joined the Western News team in April 2012. His beats include crime, courts, education, health and the regional district, plus anything else that needs telling. Joe is also a student of the FOI process, which helps him craft in-depth local stories you won't get anywhere else.
Linda Larson
Emanuel  Sequeira Sports Editor
Emanuel Sequeira
Emanuel Sequeira is the Penticton Western News' sports editor and has been since January of 2008.
Dan  Ebenal Contributor
Dan Ebenal
Dan Ebenal has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He has been the editor of the Penticton Western News since 2006. Before that he worked as a reporter at the Vernon Morning Star and Northern Sentinel in Kitimat.
Carla McLeod