Our Team


Publisher
Zena Williams
250-426-5201 ext. 204

I have worked for Black Press since 1992 starting my career at the Vernon Morning Star and then transferring to Vancouver Island where I worked at the Campbell River Mirror & Comox Valley Record. Kimberley became my home in 2015 where I continue as Publisher for the Cranbrook and Kimberley newspapers. I am currently in my second term as Director for the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce and enjoy working with the business community here and in Kimberley. Some of my favourite things include biking down the Rails to Trails from the top of the Kimberley Alpine Resort to the bridge heading to Cranbrook and walking my dogs at Bootleg Gap Golf. My husband and I also enjoy the many fabulous eateries in the Kootenays and looking up at the spectacular Fisher Peak.
zena.williams@blackpress.ca


Editor
Barry Coulter
250-426-5201 ext. 210
Barry Coulter had been Editor of the Cranbrook Townsman since 1998, and has been part of all those dynamic changes the newspaper industry has gone through over the past 20 years. He was sending his first email around the same time he was running his last page through the waxing machine, and bought a new film camera mere seconds before digital cameras made film obsolete. Coulter grew up in Saskatchewan, but has lived all over Canada, following a multitude of jobs and/or studies. When not on the job for the Townsman, he is a musician, and an actor with Cranbrook Community Theatre.
barry.coulter@cranbrooktownsman.com

Reporter
Trevor Crawley
250-426-5201 ext. 212
Trevor Crawley has been a reporter with the Cranbrook Townsman and Black Press in various roles since 2011. A graduate of the journalism program at Langara College in Vancouver, Crawley first joined the Townsman in the role of sports editor, covering the Western Hockey League (WHL) and the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL), as well as other local college and high school sports. In 2015, he moved over to the news desk, covering local municipal, provincial and federal politics, the courts, and everything in between. Cranbrook is a growing hub of the East Kootenay and there is always a story to tell, whether it is breaking spot news or feature profiles on issues relevant to the community. Outside of the office, Crawley enjoys playing team sports, hiking, hunting and strumming the guitar.
trevor.crawley@cranbrooktownsman.com

Reporter
Jessica Dempsey
250-426-5201 ext. 219
For the last two years, Jessica Dempsey was in Lloydminster, Canada’s border city, working at the Meridian Source newspaper where she covered general news. Having grown up in Toronto, she attended the University of Toronto and then in 2016, graduated from Humber College, where she specialized in broadcast and online news. Always with a love for sports, she interned at Sportsnet 590 The Fan, where she was able to work with many on-air personalities and even had the chance to cover the Toronto Rock lacrosse team. When she’s not working, she can be seen cheering on the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins with her 18-year-old cat Bubette.
jessica.dempsey@cranbrooktownsman.com

Reporter
Paul Rodgers
250-426-5201 ext. 220
Paul Rodgers is a 2017 graduate of the Mount Royal University Bachelor of Communications — Journalism program. He moved to the Kootenays from Calgary in June to begin work as a multimedia reporter for the Cranbrook Townsman, covering a wide range of stories and developing video projects for the Townsman’s website.
Paul developed his abilities as a journalist throughout his time in school, working as one of two lead editors for the online masthead of the MRU paper, The Calgary Journal, and serving as online editor for Calgary based arts and culture publication Freq Magazine. He also began writing for BeatRoute Magazine, a longstanding music magazine in Calgary where he now continues to work as editor of the “Jucy” section, which covers hip hop and electronic music.
An avid consumer of music, Paul enjoys attending concerts and festivals, playing the drums and DJing.
paul.rodgers@cranbrooktownsman.com

Administrative
Co-ordinator

Linda Post
250-426-5201 ext. 218

Director of Business
Development

Karen Johnston
250-426-5201 ext. 205
Karen Johnston bleeds ink after more than 30 years in the newspaper business. Originally from Alberta, she has served on the Red Deer Express, St. Albert Gazette, the Cranbrook Townsman, Kimberley Bulletin, The Free Press in Fernie and East Kootenay Extra. She’s been on top of every aspect of the industry, from advertising, through editorial, through digital, to the press room, even delivering the newspaper to your door.
Karen believes in the newspaper mission, and the values of journalism that make the community a better place.
karen.johnston@blackpress.ca

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