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Keith Currie - Publisher (He/Him)

Keith Currie
Keith served as Publisher for the Comox Valley Record & Comox Valley Echo, Publisher for the Alberni Valley Times for a short period after serving the Echo as sales representative, then sales manager for over 10 years.

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Jennifer Smith - Editor (She/Her)

Jennifer Smith
Vernon has always been my home, and I've been working at The Morning Star since 2004.

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Roger Knox - Senior Multimedia Journalist

Roger Knox
I am a journalist with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. I started my career in radio and have spent the last 21 years working with Black Press Media.

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Brendan Shykora - Multimedia Journalist (He/Him)

Brendan Shykora
I started as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.

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Bowen Assman - Multimedia Journalist (He/Him)

Bowen Assman
I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.

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Jen Zielinski - Bureau Chief of B.C. Interior South Division (She/Her)

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 (He/Him)

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...

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Sydney Watt - Lead Paginator

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

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Jules le Roux - Multimedia Marketing Specialist

Jules le Roux
I began my career with Black Press in October 2020. I’m looking forward to working with the community and expanding my professional experience.

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Stephanie Stecyk - Multimedia Marketing Manager

Stephanie Stecyk
I started my career at the Vernon Morning Star in August 1993. I began in telemarketing but soon transitioned into sales, where I have remained ever since.

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Rodd Cruikshank - Multimedia Marketing Specialist

Rodd Cruikshank
From my years of experience, I understand that consistent messaging is crucial for any effective marketing plan. I am here to help you create a strong marketing strategy and deliver your message effectively.

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Tammy Stelmachowich - Multimedia Marketing Specialist

Tammy Stelmachowich
I started working for Black Press Media in 1999. I began my journey in Salmon Arm, moved on to Sicamous, and then to Vernon, Revelstoke, Winfield, and back to Vernon again.

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Hope Friesen - Circulation Manager (She/Her)

Hope Friesen
Born and raised in a small community in Northern Manitoba. After spending the last 10 years in Winnipeg, I discovered my passion for sales and customer service.

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