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Penny  Sakamoto 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.
     
Director of Sales
Oliver Sommer
1-250-480-3274
     
Dan  Ebenal Editor
Dan Ebenal
Dan Ebenal is the editor of the Saanich News. He has worked in the B.C. news industry for a quarter century, starting at the Northern Sentinel in Kitimat before moving on to the Okanagan. Ebenal spent two decades in the Okanagan, first as a reporter with the Vernon Morning Star and then as editor of the Penticton Western News. He then spent a year at the Tri-City News in the Lower Mainland before heading to Vancouver Island where he worked as editor of the Oak Bay News before moving on to Saanich.
     
staff
Jim Zeeben
     
Columnist
Ivan Watson
     
Columnist
Christin Geall
     
Contributor
Susan Lundy
     
Contributor
Devon Gall
     
Contributor
Caroline Duncan
     
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.
     
Daniel  Palmer Editor
Daniel Palmer
250-480-3262
A Newfoundland native, Daniel graduated high school in the Lower Mainland and attended the University of Victoria, graduating in political science and psychology. He completed the journalism certificate program at Langara College, and his work has since appeared in Metro, The Province and Black Press publications across B.C. Daniel joined Victoria News in July 2012 as a reporter and became editor of Saanich News in July 2014.
     
Contributor
Jennifer Blyth
     
Travis  Paterson Reporter
Travis Paterson
250-480-3279
Travis Paterson interned at Toro Magazine and The Hockey News while completing the Print Futures writing program at Douglas College. His passion for the community runs deep. He believes in the ability of athletics, arts and community engagement to offer stewardship and the power of positive thinking.
     
Reporter
Natalie North
     
Reporter
Kyle Slavin
     
Editor
Edward Hill
     
Reporter
Angela Cowan
     
Reporter
Andrea Peacock
     
Reporter
Nate Clark
     
Reporter
Ben Gawletz
     
Contributor
Contributed
     
Reporter
Erin McCracken
250 381-3633 ext. 3256
     
Reporter
Erin Cardone
     
Reporter
Devon MacKenzie
     
Reporter
Tim Collins

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