Our Team


Dale Naftel
Oak Bay News Publisher

Dale Naftel
250-480-3234
Dale began his media career when he joined Black Press in 2014 as a marketing consultant for the Peninsula News Review. In 2017 he attained Presidents Club for top sales on Vancouver Island. In 2018 became publisher of the Peninsula News Review, was an active board member of the Sidney BIA, and won many awards of excellence in publishing. Dale is a long time resident of Greater Victoria and is looking forward to working with the community of Oak Bay as the publisher of Oak Bay News.
publisher@oakbaynews.com

Katherine Engqvist
Managing Editor
Greater Victoria Bureau Chief

Katherine Engqvist
778-746-4014
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.
katie.e@blackpress.ca

Arnold Lim
Multi Media Editor/Videographer
Arnold Lim
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
arnold.lim@blackpress.ca

Christine van Reeuwyk
Senior Reporter
Oak Bay News

Christine van Reeuwyk
250-480-3260
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.
c.vanreeuwyk@blackpress.ca

Jane Skrypnek
Regional Reporter
Victoria News

Jane Skrypnek
250-480-3225
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
jane.skrypnek@blackpress.ca

Jake Romphf
Regional Reporter
Victoria News

Jake Romphf
250-480-3214
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
jake.romphf@blackpress.ca

Kiernan Green
Regional Reporter
Victoria News

Kiernan Green
250-480-3207
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.
kiernan.green@blackpress.ca

Tegwyn Hughes
Social Media Curator-Reporter
Tegwyn Hughes
250-480-3278
With a focus on digital outreach and interests in health, gender, and equity, Tegwyn has been eager to involve herself in Victoria’s vibrant journalism community since moving back to Vancouver Island in September 2020. A graduate from Queen’s University with a B.A.H. in History, Tegwyn spent most of her undergraduate career volunteering across campus and editing stories for The Queen’s Journal. After work, you can find her reading on the beach, picking roadside blackberries, or visiting one of Victoria’s excellent patios.
tegwyn.hughes@blackpress.ca

Dan Ebenal
Paginating Editor
Dan Ebenal
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.
dan.ebenal@blackpress.ca

Don Descoteau
Senior Reporter-Special Features Editor
Victoria News

Don Descoteau
250-480-3252
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.
don.descoteau@blackpress.ca

Wolf Depner
Sidney/Saanich Peninsula Reporter
Peninsula News Review

Wolf Depner
250-656-1151
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.
wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreview.com

Megan Atkins-Baker
Saanich Reporter
Saanich News

Megan Atkins-Baker
250-480-3279
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.
megan.atkinsbaker@saanichnews.com

Michelle Cabana
Group Publisher
Michelle Cabana
250-480-3274
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.
michelle.cabana@blackpress.ca