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Andrea DeMeer - Publisher / Editor

Andrea DeMeer
Andrea is the publisher of the Similkameen Spotlight.

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Jen Zielinski - Bureau Chief of B.C. Interior South Division (She/Her)

Jen Zielinski
Graduated from the broadcast journalism program at BCIT. Also holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and sociology from Thompson Rivers University.

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Barry Gerding - Editor

Barry Gerding
Senior regional reporter for Black Press Media in the Okanagan. I have been a journalist in the B.C. community newspaper field for 37 years...

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Steve Kidd - Regional Assistant Editor

Steve Kidd
Steve is an award-winning photojournalist turned writer with a long history in the industry, freelancing for newspapers throughout B.C.

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Twila Amato - Okanagan Video Journalist

Twila Amato
Twila was a radio reporter based in northern Vancouver Island. She won the Jack Webster Student Journalism Award while at BCIT and received a degree in ancient and modern Greek history from McGill University.

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Natalia Cuevos-Huaico - Social Media Manager & Multi-Media Reporter

Natalia Cuevas Huaico
A Vancouver-born and recent graduate of the Broadcast and Online Journalism program at BCIT, Natalia decided to jumpstart her social media and journalism career in beautiful Kelowna.

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Sydney Watt - Lead Paginator

Sydney Watt
Lead paginator for the Okanagan at Black Press Media.

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Brian Gold - Regional Circulation Manager