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Karen  Bennett Publisher
Karen Bennett
1-250-352-1890
Karen Bennett is the Publisher of the Nelson Star, as well as being the Regional Director of Sales for Black Press West Kootenay publications. She has been in the community newspaper business in various positions from owner, publisher, editor and sales co-ordinator to circulation manager and ad design over her 19 years in the industry, often with several children in tow. (Nothing sells an ad like a baby on your back!) Bennett has Nelson roots and returned to Nelson with her husband and family in 2007 after many moves around the province. The parent of three teens, she spends a lot of time in the car and volunteering within the community. She is a Rotary club member and plays women's hockey whenever she can.
     
     
Kevin  Mills Editor
Kevin Mills
1-250-551-4137
Kevin Mills became the editor of the Nelson Star in October of 2013. He has a long career in journalism, spanning more than 24 years. He came to Nelson from the Abbotsford News. He has worked for Black Press his entire career.
     
Reporter/Vurb Editor
Sam Van Schie
Sam Van Schie covers city council and entertainment for the Nelson Star. She worked for the Star from May 2009 to July 2010 and again from May 2012 to present. She and her partner recently bought their first home in Nelson, adopted a dog, and are looking forward to living in the community long enough to be considered bona fide Nelsonites.
     
Kirsten  Hildebrand Reporter
Kirsten Hildebrand
250-352-1890
Kirsten Hildebrand started work at the Nelson Star in the fall of 2012 when the last of her three young children started kindergarten. After 10 years as a stay-at-home parent, Hildebrand was happy to get back to writing and has enjoyed getting to know her community again. A Kootenay resident since 1998, the Alberta native got her start at the Nelson Daily News before taking a break from news to become a mom.
     
Chuck  Bennett Regional Publisher
Chuck Bennett
250-352-1890
Chuck Bennett has been the Publisher of the Nelson Star since its inception in 2008. After growing up in Nelson, Bennett moved around the province before returning to Nelson in 2007. Bennett has been in the community newspaper business for more than 20 years and has held many different positions in the industry, including owner, editor, sales person and is now the Group Publisher for all of the Black Press papers in the Kootenays. Bennett is very involved in the community, currently serving as the Chair of Nelson Youth Soccer, President of the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Rotary Club of Nelson. He is also a director and past president of the BC and Yukon Community Newspaper Association and a former board member of the Canadian Community Newspaper Association.
     
Greg  Nesteroff Reporter
Greg Nesteroff
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Reporter and Nelson native Greg Nesteroff was born 100 years too late. He keeps himself buried in Kootenay history and is a member in good standing of nine local historical societies. (He has been kicked out of several others for insubordination.) Nesteroff, who joined the Nelson Star in August 2010, previously worked in radio for Mountain FM and the station formerly known as KBS.
     
Former Reporter
Megan Cole
250-352-1890
Megan Cole has called the Kootenays home after moving from Vancouver in November 2010. After working as a reporter for the Free Press in Fernie, Cole moved to Nelson to work for the Nelson Star. Cole attended journalism school at Langara College in Vancouver and has a bachelor of arts in political science and environmental studies from the University of Victoria. In addition to a passion for journalism, Cole loves cooking, baking and all things food, along with art and music.
     
Elizabeth  Simmons Circulation
Elizabeth Simmons
250-352-1890
Elizabeth Simmons started at the Nelson Star in November 2011. Elizabeth was born and raised in Nelson and after numerous years in Alberta has moved home. She loves spending time with her three year old daughter and outdoor activities like camping, swimming, and fishing.
     
Kamala  Melzack Creative Services
Kamala Melzack
250-352-1890
Kamala Melzack moved to Nelson to complete her high school education at LV Rogers where she finished grade 12 and then went back to complete grade 13. After finishing, she then applied to the Selkirk College Digital Arts and New Media program, where she graduated with Honors after completing the two-year course. Kamala has been working for Black Press since June 2011 and is enjoying the job immensely. The graphic designer loves reading, writing, arts and design, boxing, and spending time with friends and family. A good vacation is always enjoyed as she would like to travel to Hawaii and other tropical places around the world.
     
Cheryl  Foote Classifieds and General Inquiries
Cheryl Foote
250-352-1890
Cheryl Foote is the newest addition to the Nelson Star staff and joins us as the office administrator, starting March 8, 2012. Cheryl was born in Nelson and is proud to have raised her three daughters in this beautiful city. She comes with over 25 years of customer service and will make a great addition to the Nelson Star family. Cheryl enjoys spending time with family and friends, enjoys walks, community events, going to concerts and traveling.
     

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