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Rod Sluggett has been the publisher of the Sooke News Mirror since 1996. In more than three decades in the newspaper business he has worked in Courtenay, Parksville, Port Hardy, Powell River and Surrey. He is a sports enthusiast and a major man of the Vancouver Canucks.
Kevin Laird is the editor of the Sooke News Mirror, a weekly community newspaper that is part of the Black Press chain. Kevin's journalism career began more than 30 years ago. He has worked at numerous weekly and daily publications in Alberta and British Columbia.
Managing Editor Greater Victoria Bureau Chief
Katherine took on the role of Bureau Chief when the Greater Victoria editorial hub was created in 2018. Before that, she worked for a number of national and local publications, including Chatelaine magazine, and joined the Goldstream Gazette team in 2015. She started her journalism career at Black Press Media, working as an intern at the Peninsula News Review at the age of 14 before graduating with honours from Ryerson University's School of Journalism. She's been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Jack Webster Award for excellence in science, technology and environmental reporting, as well as being named to Editor and Publisher magazine's 25 under 35 rising stars in the news industry list. When she's not in the newsroom, you can find her working on her family's farm on the Saanich Peninsula, fishing in the waters off the West Shore, or travelling the globe.
Multi Media Editor/Videographer
Arnold Lim oversees video operations and is an award-winning photojournalist, videographer, producer and director with numerous provincial and national awards. Lim has worked in film, having produced and directed commercials, shorts and a full-length feature film that has screened internationally. The Victoria resident served as photography manager for three Olympic Games, most recently at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan. If you have a great visual story you would like to tell, Arnold can be reached at
Regional Reporter Victoria News
Jane Skrypnek is a Carleton journalism school graduate with experience writing for the Edmonton Journal, embedding with Canadian soldiers during a military training exercise, and working with the Native Women's Association of Canada. She's lived in Alberta, Ontario and B.C. and traveled through India and Europe. She believes community journalism is a place for building trust and giving voice to stories and experiences that may otherwise go unheard. When Jane isn't writing, she's hiking, learning to longboard or reading a good book. She looks forward to connecting with you
Regional Reporter Victoria News
Jake, a Carleton graduate, traded the Great Lakes for Greater Victoria after moving here in early 2021 to see more of the country that he reports on. After growing up in a small town surrounded by petrochemical refineries and industrial plants, he's passionate about issues relating to the environment, sustainability and wildlife conservation. He's also interested in reporting on sports, politics and anything new or obscure
Regional Reporter Victoria News
Kiernan started his journalism career reporting across central Saskatchewan, Hong Kong, Northern Ontario and Toronto. A graduate of the School of Journalism at Ryerson University he enjoys the energy and pace inside the newsroom. Kiernan's reporting interests include labour, business, and foreign affairs. Off the clock, Kiernan enjoys setting a backcountry camp site, boarding fresh powder or cracking a good book.
Social Media Curator-Reporter
Sonica Parmar is a graduate of the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business with experience working for the Downtown Victoria Business Association. Volunteering with Soap for Hope Canada, The Canucks Autism Network and the Cowichan Hospice Gala gave her the opportunity to embed herself in the community. She believes in building trust through community journalism, and elevating those voices through social channels. With a focus on digital outreach, Sonica looks forward to using her many skills to elevate local community stories and experiences. When Sonica isn’t sitting behind her computer she enjoys spending time with friends in the outdoors and is always looking for the next best novel.
Dan Ebenal has worked in the media industry for more than 30 years, working as a reporter and editor in over a dozen newsrooms around the province. Ebenal is married with two grown children and has called Victoria home for the past seven years, currently working in the Black Press Media Victoria news hub.
Senior Reporter-Special Features Editor Victoria N
Don Descoteau is a 30-year veteran with Black Press Media, having spent 10 years as a sports editor in Williams Lake and Campbell River before returning to his hometown of Victoria to assume senior reporter duties with the Victoria News in 2001. The years since have seen Don serve in various capacities, from reporting, to editing the Oak Bay News, Victoria News, Goldstream News Gazette and Monday Magazine. He also wrote for the Impress Branded Content web section before taking on paginating and other editing duties in 2020. He currently serves as acting assistant bureau for Black Press Media in Greater Victoria.
Sidney/Saanich Peninsula Reporter Peninsula News R
Wolf joined the Saanich News in October 2016 with more than a decade's worth of experience in print journalism, primarily in the Okanagan Valley, where he has worked for the Penticton Western News and Summerland Review among other papers. His writing has also appeared in Diplomat and International Canada. He holds degrees from the University of British Columbia and the University of Western Ontario and recently worked at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus.
Saanich Reporter Saanich News
Megan Atkins-Baker is a journalist who completed her studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Her passion for writing, health, and social issues are what motivates her. Daily yoga practice is how Megan maintains a balanced lifestyle to support her well being, and the philosophies behind yoga are what inspires her to apply balance in her reporting. Megan's love of journalism stems from genuine curiosity about the human condition and the world we live in. In her spare time Megan loves to listen to all kinds of underground music, hike, and spend quality time with her cat, Fanny, and her boyfriend, Mac.
Senior Reporter Oak Bay News
Christine graduated from Langara College in 2002 and returned home to Vancouver Island to embark on a career. She has since worked in newsrooms from Victoria to Port Hardy and back again. A multi award winner on the provincial and national level, Christine has worked as editor of Black Press papers across Greater Victoria and now serves the community of Oak Bay as senior journalist. When not pounding pavement on The Avenue, she enjoys a good game of rec ice hockey and is a bit of a foodie.
Michelle is group publisher for Greater Victoria, leading a team of about 60 staff and approximately 1,250 newspaper carriers. A graduate of Fanshawe College, her media career has spanned nearly two decades in print and digital platforms and includes Black Press Media, Times Colonist and Auto Trader Publications. Having worked in all departments from advertising and marketing, to distribution, Michelle was instrumental in the launch of the Greater Victoria Editorial Bureau in 2018 and digital success of the six community newspapers in the region. Most recently, she started the Victoria News based video production department which serves both local initiatives and Black Press publications throughout BC. With four generations of Michelle's family living on the Island, she now calls Metchosin home along with her husband and daughter. They enjoy the outdoors, travelling the island and being involved in the community.