Our Team

Karen Hill
Director of Sales B.C. Interior South
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.

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

Dan Taylor
Multi-Media Journalist
Dan graduated from Trent University/Loyalist College's journalism program in 2018. Born and raised in the suburbs of Toronto, Daniel has interned for TSN 1050 and written for the Belleville Senators of the American Hockey League while working for Belleville Ontario's QNet News in college. He is also a contributing author in the book Glory and Triumph (2014), which features never before seen official NHL photos. Upon graduation, he decided to jumpstart his career in Kelowna to take on the role of a primary reporter for the Lake Country Calendar/general assignment reporter for Kelowna Capital News. Many would describe Dan as an outgoing character with an appetite for success. Outside of work Dan enjoys writing music on his guitar, playing hockey with friends and watching the Maple Leafs on Saturday nights.

Michael Rodriguez
Multi-Media Journalist
Michael graduated from Lethbridge College's journalism program in 2019. Born in Calgary, Alta., Michael was raised close to the newspaper business before eventually endeavouring into it himself. After an internship with Calgary Sports and Entertainment, writing for several of Calgary's professional sports teams, he made his way to beautiful British Columbia to a desk (the big desk) at the Kelowna Capital News. Stay tuned to Michael's stories for the latest from city hall, court and the City of Kelowna in general. You can also follow him on Twitter at @MichaelRdrguez. Outside of work, Michael can often be found at the nearest cafe or at home watching Netflix.

Barry Gerding
Regional Editor
Barry Gerding is the senior regional reporter for Black Press in the Okanagan. Barry's career as a journalist in the B.C. community newspaper field spans 37 years working in northwest B.C., Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan. He was managing editor of the Kelowna Capital News for 16 years from 2000 to 2016, and prior to that editor of the Burnaby Now, Chilliwack Times and Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle. He also worked as a reporter for Houston Today, Interior News in Smithers, Sidney Review on Vancouver Island and Abbotsford Times. He currently works out of Kelowna and resides in the Toovey Heights neighbourhood, married with two kids and far too many animals.

Steve Kidd
Regional Assistant Editor
Steve is an award-winning photojournalist turned writer with a long history in the industry, freelancing for newspapers throughout B.C. He came to Black Press in 2007 when the chain acquired the Lake Country (Winfield) Calendar. He is now a regional editor in the Okanagan bureau, after having worked for a decade in Penticton covering a variety of beats from the arts to politics. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Thompson Rivers University and a diploma in new media communications from the College of the Rockies.

Twila Amato
Okanagan Video Journalist
Before joining the Black Press Media team, Twila was a radio reporter based in northern Vancouver Island, reporting for stations in the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Port Alice, Port Hardy, as well as Powell River. She won the Jack Webster Student Journalism Award while at BCIT and before then, received a degree in ancient and modern Greek history from McGill University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, singing show tunes, collecting lipstick and hanging out at Sephora.

Natalia Cuevas-Huaico
Social Media Manager & Multi-Media Reporter
Natalia would describe herself as creative, driven and vivacious. A Vancouver-born and recent graduate of the Broadcast and Online Journalism program at BCIT, she decided to jumpstart her social media and journalism career in beautiful Kelowna. Her love for visual storytelling and social media stemmed from watching in-depth documentaries and growing up during the surge of social media giants like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Before joining the Black Press Media team, Natalia gained multi-media skills while interning at CityNews Vancouver, CTV Morning Live and Vive Social PR where she learned how to manage digital platforms with compelling content. Apart from being a social media aficionado, Natalia also thrives in the video editing suite. Her main goal is to transport her audience to new places while teaching them new things. She believes evoking compassionate emotions through storytelling is the first step in creating change. If you asked her what her beat is, she would say community and pop-culture. During her spare time, she enjoys travelling, all things tacos, immersing herself in all genres of music (except Country) and rewatching her favourite Netflix shows.

Brian Gold
Regional Circulation Manager

Sydney Watt
Lead Paginator
Sydney is the lead paginator for the Okanagan. She started more than a year ago designing ads, but then switched to doing the layout for a few papers and then taking care of the layout for seven of the papers across the Okanagan.

Paula Tran
Multi-Media Journalist
Paula Tran is a multimedia reporter for Kelowna Capital News whose work has been featured in Xtra Magazine, Global News, QP Briefing and many more. She holds a Master of Journalism degree from Ryerson University and a combined Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies. Prior to joining the Capital News team in July 2021, Paula was a freelance journalist based in Toronto, Ont. She specializes in daily news journalism, features and longform writing. She covers local news, politics, Asian-Canadian issues, LGBTQ2S+ issues and identity politics.