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.

Operations Manager
Larry Mercier

Larry Mercier has over 35 years of newspaper experience in sales and sales management, with 25 of those years at the Penticton Western News. Larry came to Penticton in 1981, transferring from Calgary to manage the local Saan Store. Within a year, he discovered a knack for creating ads and was recruited by the Penticton Herald. Never someone to remaining idle, Larry spent free time running Creative Sportswear and Silk Screening. He sold that business after five years, then began to work evenings as a projectionist at the Pen Mar theatre where he met his wife. Together, they have raised four boys and more recently been blessed with two grandsons.

Andrea DeMeer
Andrea DeMeer is the publisher of the Similkameen Spotlight and Keremeos Review. A relatively recent transplant to the valley from southwestern Ontario, she is formerly a group, daily and weekly newspaper publisher with Sun Media, where she was also a regular contributor to the opinion pages of 200 weekly and daily newspapers across the country.
She also served for several years as an executive director for the Ontario Community Newspaper Association, happily working to support the industry in that province through a time of transition.
With more than 30 years in the business, she has experience in reporting, editing, advertising sales and management as well as circulation and distribution.
She is the winner of numerous national and provincial awards for news and feature writing, excellence in advertising, and particularly editorial and column writing. Most recently she was the 2016 silver winner for column writing in the British Columbia and Yukon Newspaper Awards, and in 2015, she was the bronze winner for column writing in the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards.
Andrea and Robert have been married for 30 years, and have four children. A rich family life is often fodder for her local column, Old Dogs, New Tricks. After moving to B.C., she declares the place to be “just like home, except with waaaaaay nicer scenery.”

Sandi Nolan
Sandi Nolan has worked at the Keremeos Review and Similkameen Spotlight since 2012. She’s spearheaded multiple advertising campaigns during this time and is the driving force behind the Similkameen Valley Tourism Guide, which is done in partnership with TOTA and the Similkameen Valley Planning Society.

Tara Bowie
Tara Bowie has worked as the editor of the Keremeos Review and Similkameen Spotlight since 2014. Since the start of her career in 2007, she’s worked as a general assignment reporter in multiple weekly and daily newspapers in Ontario and in B.C. She has earned provincial and national recognition for her work.

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.

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