Our Team


Publisher
Eric Lawson
250-352-1890
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

Office Manager
Pam Malekow
250-365-6397
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

Reporter
John Boivin
250-365-6397
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
250-365-6397
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
250-365-6397
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
250-365-6397
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.

Multi-Media Sales Representative
Jocelyn Berglund
250-352-1890
Jocelyn has settled into the Kootenay’s after returning from Squamish BC. She has spent most of her professional life in various aspects of marketing and is enjoying multi-media advertising sales. Jocelyn is involved with many volunteer committees locally including the MS Society and is on the Executive Board of Directors at the Doukabor Discovery Centre. She loves to travel, snowboard, watch sports and go on adventures with her family, friends and two dogs.

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