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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.
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Oliver Sommer
Edward  Hill Editor
Edward Hill
Edward Hill has been the editor with Black Press in Greater Victoria since September 2007, most recently at the Goldstream News Gazette. He's worked as a reporter at Black Press newspapers in Duncan and Ladysmith, was a reporter at the Gazette in 2006 and earned a few awards along the way. Edward, aka Ted, went to Langara College in Vancouver for journalism. Prior to that, he earned a science degree from the University of Victoria. When not working, he enjoys distance running and triathlon racing.
Bruce  Hogarth Director of Circulation
Bruce Hogarth
250-360-0817 ext. 3288
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.
Kyle  Slavin Reporter
Kyle Slavin
250-381-3633 Ext. 3262
Kyle Slavin has been a reporter for the Saanich News since 2009. Raised on the Lower Mainland, Kyle completed his bachelor of applied journalism degree in 2010, and has experience working at a number of Black Press publications in Metro Vancouver. Kyle is a national award-winning reporter, having won a first-place 2012 Canadian Community Newspaper Award for environmental writing. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling -- a newfound passion that stems from his being named to the 2012 Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team.
Kevin  Laird Editorial Director
Kevin Laird
250 381-3633 ext. 3251
Kevin Laird has been editorial director for Black Press-Greater Victoria and editor of the Victoria News since September 2007. 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.
Travis  Paterson Reporter
Travis Paterson
250-381-3633 Ext. 3279
Travis Paterson interned at Toro Magazine and The Hockey News while completing the Print Futures writing program at Douglas College. His passion for sports runs deep, he believes in the ability of athletics to offer stewardship and the power of positive thinking. Sports can also teach important life skills and bring a community together, which is why he loves covering sports through a community paper.
Natalie  North Reporter
Natalie North
250-381-3633 Ext. 3280
Natalie North became a staff reporter with Black Press in 2010 during her final year of study toward a writing degree from the University of Victoria. She had spent the two summers prior interning at community papers, in wilds of northern B.C. and in her lovely little hometown of Salt Spring Island. When she’s not being a newsie, Natalie likes telling jokes and supporting local filmmaking.
Don  Denton Photo supervisor
Don Denton
250 381-3633 ext. 3264
Don Denton is the photo supervisor for Black Press's Victoria News, Saanich News and Oak Bay News. He has worked as a photographer and photo editor for newspapers throughout Western Canada as well as for the British news agency Reuters based in Brussels, Belgium. He has taught photography at Mount Royal College in Calgary and currently teaches at the Western Academy of Photography in Victoria.

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