Our Team


Publisher
Eric Lawson
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Eric Lawson has worked in community media for 30 years as a reporter, editor, sales manager, general manager and publisher. He has worked and lived across Canada; prior to joining Black Press he was publisher of the Brandon Sun in Brandon, Manitoba. Lawson has been involved in community organizations throughout his career, including Rotary, the YMCA, Chambers of Commerce, and support for animal shelters. He has also been active in industry associations such as the Flyer Distribution Standards Association and Newspapers Canada.
eric.lawson@blackpress.ca

Editor
Todd Coyne
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Todd Coyne came to the Kootenays in October 2018, following a career spanning the country with CBC News, the Toronto Star, the Vancouver Sun, Black Press in the Lower Mainland and various magazines. Coyne is the editor of the Nelson Star, the Castlegar News, the Rossland News, the Arrow Lakes News and the West Kootenay Advertiser.
todd.coyne@blackpress.ca

Office Manager
Pam Malekow
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Pam has lived in the Kootenays most of her life except for a 10-year stint in Britannia Beach and Squamish. She moved back to the Kootenays in 1991 where she became involved in Traffic Control and made that her career for 23 years. She retired from the hustle and bustle in December 2014 when she became the Office Manager at the Castlegar News. She is an avid horse lady who loves to host and compete in shows. She also enjoys going for outings with her husband on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.
classifieds@castlegarnews.com

Sales
Jennifer Cowan
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As a former business owner, Jennifer comes to the table with a background in business management and sales. Previously, Jennifer held the role of editor of several Black Press West Kootenay papers and magazines. She is active in various community organizations and has been a Rotarian for 20 years.

Jennifer has lived in Nelson most of her life and enjoys everything the Kootenay lifestyle has to offer. Her grandchildren are the lights of her life.
sales@castlegarnews.com


Reporter
John Boivin
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A relative newcomer to the Kootenays, John has more than 30 years’ experience as a reporter and producer. He’s worked in newspapers, radio, and television, and helped pioneer online journalism at the CBC. John has covered local, regional and national news in Manitoba, BC and the Yukon during his career. He is also an accomplished painter and especially enjoys painting outdoors, capturing the beauty of this land. An avid gardener, hiker and biker as well, he lives with his wife and son in the Slocan Valley. reporter@rosslandnews.com

Reporter
Betsy Kline
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After spending several years as a freelance writer for the Castlegar News, Betsy joined the editorial staff as a reporter in March of 2015. She has lived in Castlegar for 18 years and has appreciated the opportunity to raise her family in such a beautiful city. Her favourite part of the job is meeting the many wonderful and amazing people that cross her path.
reporter2@castlegarnews.com

Graphic Designer
Sandy Leonard
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After studying Graphic Design/Illustration and Marketing at Red River College Sandy started her career in Prince Albert, Sk. She moved out to the Kootenays where she continues her passion for creating really cool print and web designs. She enjoys every opportunity to do what she loves and takes great pride in what she creates.
creative@castlegarnews.com

Graphic Designer
Katelyn Hurley
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An original Kootenay girl, Katelyn graduated from CATO in Kelowna and then moved back where she joined the Black Press team in 2013. Katelyn is an outdoors enthusiast and enjoys hiking, wake-boarding, skiing and camping.

Graphic Designer
Graeme Hurley
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Graeme Hurley is a born and raised Kootenay boy who has attempted to leave many times, but always gets sucked back in… Who can leave one of the best places on Earth? He spends his time embarrassing his older sister (see above), and when not doing that, juggles his many passions and hobbies. Some include playing hockey, softball, video games, going hiking, boating, camping, and just hanging out with friends and family.

Graphic Designer
Jessica Cruse
I grew up in Chatham, Ontario. I am a Fanshawe College graduate in Graphic Design, as well as Personal Support Worker from St. Clair College. I joined the Black Press team in August of 2018. In my spare-time I enjoy creating digital illustrations and the outdoors.

Graphic Designer
Doug Rilkoff
Born and raised in Nelson and the Slocan Valley as well as a graduate of Selkirk College’s Digital Arts New Media program, Doug is as Kootenay as you can get. When he’s not producing content in Black Press publications, he’s out and about walking the rail trails and taking photos of all sights and wildlife he finds. His other interests include fishing, ATVing, video games (and sometimes streaming them), film, combat sports and generally living life in comfort and ease.

 
Graphic Designer
Ryan Boozer
Ryan Boozer is originally from the United States. She studied communications and graphic design at Kent State University in her home state, and moved moved to Nelson in 2015, making a detour through Alberta along the way.

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