Our Team

Karen Hill
Group Publisher
In October of 1989, Karen began her career in the classified department at the Capital News. She spent 17 years in the accounting department where she worked her way to group controller for the Interior with Lower Mainland Publishing and then West Partners Publishing. Black Press purchased the Capital News in 2003 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 Group Publisher of the Capital News, West K News, Lake Country Calendar, Salmon Arm Observer, Revelstoke Review and our specialty publication Okanagan Food & Wine Trails.

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.

Jake Courtepatte
Jake Courtepatte has been editor of Kelowna Capital News & West K News since February 2022, moving to Kelowna for the job and loving it ever since. Jake initially moved out west in December of 2019, spending the majority of the pandemic years as the editor of the Merritt Herald. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, Jake spent the majority of his career in the Toronto area, as both a sports reporter and a general reporter. In the downtime, he loves to hike and generally spend time outdoors. Go Leafs go.

Jacqueline Gelineau
Multi-Media Journalist
Jacqueline Gelineau is a reporter in the beginning of her career. She started at Capital News in November 2021 after moving to Kelowna from Saskatoon. She enjoys writing about crime, controversy, science and animals. Jacqueline is often accompanied by her dog Ranger and when not chasing a story she spends as much time as possible running and biking on the trails around Kelowna.

Gary Barnes
Multi-Media Journalist
Gary joined Kelowna Capital News and WestK News as a multimedia journalist in January 2022. He has nearly 30 years of experience in news reporting and radio broadcasting. He has worked in newsrooms in Castlegar, Vernon, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Vancouver, and Merritt, returning to the Okanagan in 2018. Gary also spent eight years as the assistant manager for Canadian Forces Radio Europe based in the Netherlands and Germany. He created and managed an internet radio station for several First Nations in the Nicola Valley.

Jordy Cunningham
Multi-Media Journalist
Jordy Cunningham started at Black Press Media’s Kelowna Capital News and West K News in January 2022. Hailing from Ladner, B.C., Jordy grew up loving sports, especially baseball. In 2018, he graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops with a Bachelor of Journalism degree while playing on the baseball team for five years. During his studies, the thought came to him “what would be better than writing about sports everyday?”, leading him to the journalism program. From 2017-19, Jordy was the Media Relations Assistant for the Vancouver Canadians, a Toronto Blue Jays affiliate. Jordy mainly covers Kelowna’s sports beat and loves to be first to a story.

Brittany Webster
Multi-Media Journalist
Brittany Webster has started a new venture with Black Press Digital as a video journalist, leaving her radio anchor position at AM 1150. Brittany moved to Kelowna in February 2020, just before a pandemic was declared. With her new position she looks forward to meeting people out in the community, capturing the wonders of the Okanagan, and exploring everything our region has to offer. Brittany is reporting video news stories from Penticton to Vernon, with a main focus on the District of Lake Country. Brittany previously worked in television news on B.C.’s North coast after graduating with a degree in Digital Journalism from the University of Windsor, Ontario. If you have a news tip, she wants to hear it! Contact Brittany at brittany.webster@blackpress.ca

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.

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.

Roxanne Mackintosh
Advertising Representative
Roxanne started her career in media and marketing in 2011 in Alberta while working toward her degree in Media and Communications. After seven years in marketing and a lifetime in Alberta, Roxanne made the move to Kelowna in September, 2020. With several years of experience in the industry, Roxanne is a great source of information and would be happy to work with you to help your business grow!

Caity Henry
Advertising Representative
Caity grew up in Kingston, Ontario and graduated from Griffith University in Australia with a degree in Communications & Journalism. Upon her return to Canada, she worked on the digital team at Metroland Media (a division of Torstar) in downtown Toronto. Taking a two year break to travel, Caity made her way West to Calgary. While in Calgary, Caity worked in sales for the hotel industry for almost four years before settling in Kelowna and joining the team at Kelowna Capital News in July 2021. Caity is excited to explore the Okanagan area and all the beautiful activities and sites the area has to offer.

Christine Esovoloff
Advertising Representative
Christine is a multimedia marketing consultant, author, blogger, and mom of two! She loves working with people and her helping clients with their unique marketing needs. When she isn’t busy with work, writing or family, you can find her hiking or sipping some delicious Okanagan wine with friends!

Matthew Creelman
Advertising Representative
Matt started at Black Press Media Kelowna Capital News in August 2022. Matt initially moved to Kelowna three years ago from Oakville, Ontario. In 2020 he finished school at the University of Guelph where he studied Marketing Communications, while playing on both the varsity Football and Track and Field Teams. Once school was finished Matt found himself working for Mosaic Marketing Solutions where he quickly found a love for branding and working with local businesses. After coming to Kelowna for the summer, he immediately decided that this was the city for him. For the last two years Matt has worked in the hospitality industry educating himself on the business of food and beverage. He is excited to explore all that the okanagan has to offer, and to further learn more about our wonderful community.

Maria Zacarias
Circulation Manager
Maria Zacarias is a product of Notre Dame University in the Philippines. She had a degree in Bachelor Secondary Education and moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1991. In 1993, she landed in the newspaper industry and worked for Vannet Newspapers, Glacier Media, Quality Insertions and Black Press Media in Kelowna. She is one of the circulation team member in making sure that the papers are delivered to your doorstep. And if you are looking for a paper route? Just give her a call and she can help you with that.

Alivia Scriver
Circulation Clerk
Alivia joined the Black Press team back in December 2017 as a Circulation Co-ordinator for the Capital News, WestK News and Lake Country Calendar. She enjoys helping the community with any of their newspaper inquiries. Vancouver born, she decided (for the second time) to move to Kelowna for the amazing lifestyle it has to offer. In her spare time, you can find her either kayaking the Okanagan waterways, enjoying the beautiful lakefronts, snow shoeing with friends and fur nephew (Koda the malamute), building PC's or enjoying a peaceful day of computer gaming with her lovely girlfriend.

Sam Wolka
Circulation Clerk
There is nothing I love more than helping people/businesses reach their desired goals. Coming from a background in retail for over 17 years, marketing has always been a passion of mine with finding unique and fun ways to get customers in the store. This passion helped paved the path to Black Press Media because it has opened a window to help multiple businesses grow! My goal is to provide the best in class customer service by working with each individual client/business in order to obtain optimal growth for each person’s marketing needs. I take my time, I research and would love nothing more than the opportunity to work with you!”

Pamela Allain
Regional Sales Manager
Pamela joined the Black Press team in April 2020, taking on the role as Regional Group Publisher for the West Kootenay Division with Black Press. Pamela has been involved with newspapers in both print and digital marketing for over 33 years. Her career in community newspapers started in Northern Alberta, with Lynard Publishers, Bowes Publishers, Sun Media and Postmedia, and with Black Press in the Kootenays in B.C. She has held positions in Administration, Production, Sales and Management, as well as a Publisher and Regional Group Publisher. Her children, family and friends, nature, volunteerism, photography and sports are her passion. She enjoys keeping fully active and engaged in the communities in the Kootenays.