Our Team

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.

Director of Distribution
and Manufacturing Operations
B.C. Interior South

Ian Jensen

Ian started his newspaper career in 1985 at the Nanaimo Daily Free Press as a circulation representative. In 1987, he became the circulation manager of the Prince Albert Daily Herald and held the same positions at the Vernon Daily News, Prince George Citizen and also had a stop at the Victoria Times Colonist. In 2003, Ian was promoted to publisher of the Prince Albert Daily Herald, and in the spring of 2012, moved to Vernon to become publisher of the Vernon Morning Star.


Managing Editor, Columnist
Glenn Mitchell

Lisa VanderVelde, photographer

Lisa VanderVelde

Lisa VanderVelde is the photographer for The Morning Star.

Jennifer Smith, reporter

Reporter, Columnist
Jennifer Smith


Jennifer Smith is a reporter for The Morning Star.

Richard Rolke, senior reporter

Reporter, Columnist
Richard Rolke


Richard Rolke is senior reporter at The Morning Star.


Reporter, Columnist
Katherine Mortimer


Katherine Mortimer is lifestyles editor for The Morning Star.

Reporter, Columnist
Parker Crook


Parker Crook is a reporter and arts editor for The Morning Star.


Sports Editor
Kevin Mitchell


Kevin Mitchell is the sports editor for The Morning Star.


Web Editor, Columnist
Roger Knox

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Roger Knox is a reporter for The Morning Star.

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.

Multi Media
Marketing Assistant

Raveen Braich
Raveen graduated from the University of Victoria with a double major in Kinesiology and Psychology. Born and raised in Vancouver, Raveen ventured out to Kelowna, BC upon graduation and has been fully embracing the Okanagan lifestyle ever since. She spends her time away from the office by the beautiful lakes and hiking trails the Okanagan has to offer, breaking a sweat at the gym, and spending time with loved ones. She joined the team at Capital News in late 2017 bringing with her a very diverse background in marketing and customer service.

Sales Consultant
Stephanie Stecyk

Sales Consultant
Kim Slattery


Sales Consultant
Trent Dansereau


Sales Consultant
Sheryll Bissell


Sales Consultant
Sue Beugeling


Circulation Manager – Delivery Concerns
Tammy Stelmachowich

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Classified Manager
Carol Williment

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