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Penny  Sakamoto Publisher
Penny Sakamoto
Penny Sakamoto is group publisher for Black Press-Greater Victoria, leading a team of about 65 staff and approximately 1,200 newspaper carriers. She graduated from journalism school in Winnipeg and has spent her career in the newspaper business in Canada and the U.S. She served as president of the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Association and on the board of the Canadian Community Newspaper Association. In 2008, Sakamoto was awarded the Silver Quill Award for more than 25 years of distinguished service to the industry. Sakamoto works out of the Broughton Street office in downtown Victoria.
Oliver  Sommer Associate Group Publisher
Oliver Sommer
Oliver Sommer, raised on the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan Valley, has worked in the advertising business for two decades. He has held various sales management positions in advertising agencies, as well as the newspaper industry. Previously he was Director of Advertising with the Lethbridge Herald and was Advertising Sales Manager for the Globe and Mail for four years. Oliver and his wife, Leslie, have four children.
Kevin  Laird Editor
Kevin Laird
Kevin Laird is Editorial Director for Black Press in Greater Victoria and editor of the Victoria News. Previous to that he was editor of the Nanaimo News Bulletin and worked at community and daily newspapers in Alberta and B.C. Laird and the newsroom staff he has led have won numerous national, provincial and regional awards. He's been in the newspaper business since 1981 and has a degree in journalism.
Bruce  Hogarth Director of circulation
Bruce Hogarth
Bruce Hogarth has spent 25 years in the newspaper business and has extensive community newspaper experience. Most recently he worked for six years for the Vancouver Sun and Province before relocating to take the position as director of circulation for Black Press Greater Victoria. The native of Vancouver enjoys photography and tennis in his spare time.
Kendra  Wong Reporter
Kendra Wong
Don  Descoteau Reporter
Don Descoteau
Don is a 20-year veteran of the community newspaper business, all with Black Press, and was named editor of the Victoria News in March 2012. After spending 10 years as sports editor in Williams Lake and Campbell River, he moved back to his hometown of Victoria to work as senior reporter for the Victoria News. His return to the paper follows a three-year stint as editor of sister paper, the Oak Bay News.
Travis  Paterson News reporter
Travis Paterson
Travis Paterson is the Saanich News' reporter, a former two-time Canadian Community Newspaper Association Award Winner for community sports reporting with the Black Press Greater Victoria newspapers. His sports section won third at the CCNA awards in 2008 and again in 2012. He also won the 2012 B.C. Summer Games journalism competition and has been part of multiple CCNA best-all around newspaper awards for his work with the Victoria News, Saanich News and Oak Bay News. Travis came to the Victoria News in 2008 upon completing the Print Futures writing program at Douglas College, and an internship in Toronto at The Hockey News. He has a vested interest in community relations and promoting a healthy, family first lifestyle in Victoria, with his wife and two sons. Travis' beat ranges across all areas of the Saanich community, including news, sports and arts and entertainment.
Daniel  Palmer Saanich News Editor
Daniel Palmer
Daniel joined Victoria News in July 2012 and has since covered every conceivable topic across the Capital Region (primarily with a focus on Victoria and Esquimalt). In June 2014, Daniel assumed the role of Editor at Saanich News. A native of Newfoundland, Daniel grew up in the Lower Mainland and studied Political Science at the University of Victoria (2007). After a short career as a civil servant, he graduated from the journalism certificate program at Langara College (2012).
Christine van Reeuwyk
Christine is an award-winning journalist who began her career in Port Hardy B.C. She spent eight years as reporter for the Peninsula News Review. She began working as a reporter for the Oak Bay News in 2012 before serving as editor of the Goldstream News Gazette. She became a reporter at Saanich News in January 2014.
Goldstream Editor
Edward Hill
Saanich Editor
Kyle Slavin
Sidney Editor
Steven Heywood
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Photo Supervisor
Don Denton
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Oak Bay Editor
Laura Lavin
Laura Lavin is the editor of the Oak Bay News. She began her journalism career 15 years ago as a news reporter in Prince Rupert B.C. She began working as a reporter at the Peninsula News Review in 2000 and earned the editor's position in 2007.
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