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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.
     
Oliver  Sommer Director of sales
Oliver Sommer
1-250-480-3274
     
     
Editor
Laura Lavin
1-250-480-3239
Laura Lavin is the editor of the Oak Bay News. She began her journalism career 15 years ago as a news reporter in Prince Rupert B.C. She began working as a reporter at the Peninsula News Review in 2000 and earned the editor's position in 2007.
     
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1-250-388-3535
     
Don  Denton Photo supervisor
Don Denton
381-3633 ext. 271
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.
     
Reporter
Christine van Reeuwyk
250-480-3260
Christine is an award-winning journalist who began her career in Port Hardy B.C. She spent eight years as reporter for the Peninsula News Review and began working as a reporter for the Oak Bay News in 2012.
     
Kevin  Laird Editorial director
Kevin Laird
250-381-3633 (Ext. 293)
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.
     
Bruce  Hogarth Director of Circulation
Bruce Hogarth
250-360-0817
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.

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