Our Team


Group Publisher
Penny Sakamoto
1-250-480-3204
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.
psakamoto@blackpress.ca

Editor
Don Descoteau
250-480-3265 #3264
Don is a 26-year veteran of the community newspaper industry, all spent with Black Press. This native of Victoria began his career at the tender age of 29 as sports editor of the Williams Lake Tribune, the first publication owned by company owner David Black. Three years writing about everything from hockey to rodeo to ranching led to an enjoyable six-year stint as sports editor with the Campbell River Mirror on the North Island. When a position as senior news reporter came up at the Victoria News in 2001, he jumped on it and made the move back home, covering city council, police and various other community happenings. Don eventually moved up to become interim, then permanent editor of the Vic News before a reshuffling of personnel saw him serve as editor of the Oak Bay News for three years. More changes brought him back to Victoria, and in 2014 he was named editor of the Goldstream News Gazette on the fast-growing West Shore. He returned for a third stint with the Victoria News in May 2017 and is these days helping the newspaper increase its foothold in the burgeoning world of online news and social media. The father of two amazing children and an active participant on the local music scene, Don still enjoys writing and photography and has a soft spot for covering local sports and history. Call him anytime at 250-480-3265 or email editor@vicnews.com with your story ideas.

Multimedia Editor
Arnold Lim
250-480-3243
Arnold Lim is an award-winning photojournalist, videographer, producer and director with numerous provincial and national awards throughout his decade-long career. His imagery has been published across six continents through publications including the Globe and Mail, TSN, Sports Illustrated and the BBC. Lim has also worked in film, producing films screening internationally including the Toronto International Film Festival and Paris Courts Devant. The Victoria resident also served as photography manager for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games.
arnold.lim@blackpress.ca

 
Multimedia Journalist
Kristyn Anthony
250-480-3207
Kristyn Anthony is a BCYCNA award-winning multimedia journalist based in Victoria. Her work has been featured in Westender, The Growler, The Voice and FTM Magazine covering the arts and LGBTQ communities, craft beer and community news. Originally from Ontario, Kristyn is a graduate of the Langara College journalism program.
kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com

 
Multimedia Journalist
Lauren Boothby
250-480-3238
Lauren Boothby is a journalist from Ontario. She graduated from Western University in London with a double major in criminology and visual arts in 2016. She moved to Vancouver in August 2016 to pursue both a lifelong dream of becoming a journalist, and of living on the West Coast. After completing a certificate in journalism from Langara College, she completed an internship followed by some freelance work for Burnaby Now, and then moved to the Island in August 2017 to work for Victoria News. As a newcomer to the region, Lauren appreciates the opportunity to get to know the community as a reporter. She doesn’t miss the muggy Ontario summers, but sometimes wishes she could build a snowman in the winter.
lauren.boothby@vicnews.com

Vancouver Island
Digital Editor

Ragnar Haagen
250-480-3249
Ragnar Haagen attended BCIT’s Broadcast Journalism program and graduated in 2011. From there, he moved about the western provinces working at newspapers, radio stations and online news sites before making his way back to the island. While he doesn’t always enjoy the rain, he loves the West Coast vibe and exploring the many natural wonders that make Vancouver Island so unique. When not chasing down stories, Ragnar can be found playing sports and planning road trips.
ragnar.haagen@bpdigital.ca

Photo Supervisor
Don Denton
250-381-3633 #3264
Don Denton is the photo supervisor for Black Press’ Greater Victoria newspapers and magazines, including Boulevard, Monday and Tweed. He currently teaches night courses in photography through the continuing studies department at at the University of Victoria.
ddenton@blackpress.ca

Advertising Sales Manager
Nick Warrington
250-514-8958

Advertising Consultant
Steven Arneson
250-480-3228

Advertising Consultant
Patty Doering
250-480-3242

Digital Growth Manager
Paul Bucci
250-480-3209

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