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Warren Smith - Publisher

Warren Smith
Born in Alberta and grew up spending summers in the Shuswap. Warren joined Black Press and the Penticton Western News in September 2020 as the publisher for the weekly newspaper.

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Monique Tamminga - Editor

Monique Tamminga
Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.

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Brennan Phillips - Multi-Media Journalist

Brennan Phillips
Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.

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Jesse Day - Multi-Media Journalist

Sandi Nolan - Marketing Consultant

Sandi Nolan
Sandi Nolan has worked at the Keremeos Review and Similkameen Spotlight since 2012.

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

Jen Zielinski
Graduated from the broadcast journalism program at BCIT. Also holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and sociology from Thompson Rivers University.

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Barry Gerding - Regional Editor

Barry Gerding
Senior regional reporter for Black Press Media in the Okanagan. I have been a journalist in the B.C. community newspaper field for 37 years...

Twila Amato - Okanagan Video Journalist

Twila Amato
Twila was a radio reporter based in northern Vancouver Island. She won the Jack Webster Student Journalism Award while at BCIT and received a degree in ancient and modern Greek history from McGill University.

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Sydney Watt - Lead Paginator

Sydney Watt
Lead paginator for the Okanagan at Black Press Media.

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