Our Team

Eric Lawson
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.

John White
John is a veteran of 20-plus years in journalism. He worked with many community newspapers in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. He was also the digital news editor with the Winnipeg Free Press and the Edmonton Journal. John enjoys hiking, following the Winnipeg Jets, curling, and playing Rock Band.

Office Manager
Pam Malekow
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.

Betsy Kline
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.

Chelsea Novak
Chelsea has a master’s degree in journalism from UBC and a background in magazine publishing. She started as a reporter for Rossland News and Castlegar News in July 2015, and enjoys hiking the Rossland trails and practicing her photography skills. If you have any stories or information to share with her, please contact her.

Graphic Designer
Sandy Leonard
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.

Graphic Designer
Katelyn Hurley
Having grown up in the beautiful Kootenays, Katelyn is an avid outdoor enthusiast When she is not playing soccer or running, she can be found curled up with a fantasy novel. Katelyn is excited to be working as a graphic designer for the Black Press team.

Graphic Designer
Graeme Hurley
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.

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