Our Team

John White
John is a veteran of 20-plus years in journalism. He worked with many community newspapers in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. He was also the digital news editor with the Winnipeg Free Press and the Edmonton Journal. John enjoys hiking, following the Winnipeg Jets, curling, and playing Rock Band.

Managing Editor, Columnist
Glenn Mitchell

Multimedia Reporter
Jennifer Smith

Born and raised in the Okanagan, Jennifer Smith is a Kwantlen University College Journalism graduate (and VSS ’01 grad). Having grown up in Vernon, this is where she calls home, along with her husband and daughter. At The Morning Star since 2005, Smith (nee Dyck) has covered everything from shootings to shot put. She is an active member in her daughter’s school activities at BX Elementary (which she also attended), enjoys yoga, hiking, camping, paddle-boarding and other water sports and spending time with family and friends.

Multimedia Reporter
Brieanna Charlebois

Brieanna is a recent Master of Journalism graduate from Carleton University. She also has two bachelor’s degrees from Ohio University, where she attended on a soccer scholarship. There she earned a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences in Psychology and a Bachelor of Journalism from the Scripps School of Journalism. Brieanna has participated in many journalistic experiences including the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, covering polo and tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina, covering Residential School Survivors in the Yukon/Alaska during Canada 150 and, most recently, she travelled to Denmark and England to do research and conduct interviews for her thesis on deradicalization and counter-extremism efforts. Brieanna also interned with Metro News-Ottawa in 2016 and worked at CBC Toronto as part of the Investigative Content Unit/Fifth Estate to break the Paradise Papers story in Nov. 2017. She joined the Vernon Morning Star staff in April 2018.

Multimedia Reporter
Parker Crook

Parker is a SAIT (Calgary) photojournalism graduate who found his way to Vernon by happenstance. Since relocating to Vernon, Parker has been cutting his teeth at The Morning Star and covering everything from courthouse happenings to art exhibitions. Parker enjoys smooth folk jams, tattoos, craft beer, Game of Thrones, long walks on the beach and, given his prairie upbringing, feels compelled to cheer on the Saskatchewan Roughriders during playoff season.

Multimedia Reporter
Roger Knox
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Roger has been a journalist for more than 30 years, first in radio, then the last 21 years with Black Press. He worked in Quesnel, Fort St. James, Vanderhoof and Salmon Arm before returning to his hometown of Vernon. A proud member of the Vernon Senior Secondary School Class of 1981, Roger is also a licensed wedding officiant in the Province of B.C., has appeared on stage with a local theatre company and is a former Mr. Quesnel (1984). Away from work, Roger is a devoted fan of the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Red Sox and B.C. Lions, and wishes he could sing and play a musical instrument other than the triangle.

Sports Editor/Multimedia Reporter
Kevin Mitchell

Kevin has been in the newspaper industry for 42 years, including 27 at The Morning Star. He previously worked at daily newspapers in Kelowna, Vernon and Nanaimo after getting his start at a weekly in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. He is a father of three who plays soccer, hockey and golf (badly). He loves the Edmonton Oilers, hot chicken wings and red licorice.

Okanagan Digital Editor
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.

Okanagan Digital
News Editor

Carmen Weld
Carmen graduated from BCIT’s Broadcast Journalism program in April 2012 after completing a bachelor’s degree in economics and criminology at SFU. Her career started in radio as a news reporter in Duncan, Campbell River and Kelowna. She spent three years as a multimedia journalist for Castanet News. The North Vancouverite has a passion for online news, journalism, the community, her rescue pups and the Okanagan’s fabulous wine.

Multimedia Marketing Consultant
Stephanie Stecyk

Multimedia Marketing Consultant
Kim Slattery

Kim has been a marketing consultant for 20-plus years. She has been with the Morning Star since 2008, coming from a background of 10 years in the golf industry and hospitality sector. Kim’s passions include spending time with her close-knit families, two dogs and friends. She also enjoys curling, camping, boating and all that the beautiful Okanagan area has to offer.

Multimedia Marketing Consultant
Sheryll Bissell

Multimedia Marketing Consultant
Shelley Westwood

Shelley started her career in TV and Radio (too long ago for her to remember) but quickly moved to print. She owned a community newspaper in Manitoba in the ‘80s and ‘90s and served on the MCNA and CCNA boards during that time. Shelley moved to Victoria and joined the Victoria News in 2008. During her 10 years with Black Press, she has been with Victoria News, Goldstream Gazette, Revelstoke Review and now the Vernon Morning Star. She has four sons and six grandchildren (with one more on the way this summer).

Multimedia Marketing Consultant
Sue Beugeling

Multimedia Marketing Consultant
Aaron Himelson

Aaron has lived in Vernon since 2007, when he continued his career in radio, moving from on-air personality into sales. He hasn’t looked back since. Aaron really enjoys helping businesses in the North Okanagan grow. He’s been with the Morning Star since November 2017. Print is an all-new ball game for Aaron, but one that he’s really enjoyed. Aaron has two young daughters that he enjoys spending time with. He coaches both of their baseball teams and became a ringette dad this past year. He looks forward to continuing to build great relationships in this city.

Multimedia Marketing Consultant
Alycia Butler

Alycia has extensive print and digital sales and leadership experience with her previous positions as Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operating Officer for LocalSphere Digital Media, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Word Jack Media, and over 13 years working with Yellow pages taking on the positions of Director of Sales and Marketing. In 2010 she was the National Director of Digital Performance Marketing and Training for the Yellow Pages Canadian Division.

Advertising Assistant
Sabrina Leduc

Sabrina graduated from Thompson Rivers University with a Bachelor of Business Degree majoring in Marketing and New Venture Creation in 2017. She was born in Vernon and wanted to move back after completing her degree. She was able to do this when she joined the Vernon Morning Star team in April 2018. Sabrina enjoys photography, volunteering, camping and any summer outdoor activities.

Regional Circulation Manager
Brian Gold

Circulation Manager
Tammy Stelmachowich
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Tammy worked as an EMT in the Yukon until it was discovered that ink ran through her veins. She has worked for Black Press since 2000 only taking a year off in between to travel B.C. with her young son. She started at the Shuswap Market in Salmon Arm, then went to Sicamous, Vernon, Revelstoke, Winfield and back to Vernon again. She has worked in the classified and sales department, tried her hand in photography and writing. She was an office manager, ad designer and a publisher’s assistant and has spent the past eight years as the circulation manager at the Morning Star. A mother of two sons she is now a grandmother to two beautiful granddaughters.

Classified Manager
Carol Williment

B.C. Interior South

Dave Hamilton

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.

Director of Sales
B.C. Interior South

Karen Hill

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.

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