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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.
     
Will  Johnson Reporter
Will Johnson
Will Johnson recently moved to Nelson from Victoria, BC with his partner Darby and his Maltese puppy Muppet. You can follow him on Twitter @KootenayGoon.
     
Elizabeth  Simmons Circulation
Elizabeth Simmons
250-352-1890
Liz started at the Nelson Star in November 2011. She was born and raised in Nelson and after numerous years in Alberta has moved home. She loves spending time with her friends and family especially her 6 year old daughter.
     
Tara  Langhorn Sales Associate
Tara Langhorn
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Tara Langhorn was born and raised in Edmonton, Alta. and after a few moves back and forth is proud to now call Nelson home. BC is where her heart is as she loves the breath taking views, endless outdoor activities and opportunities to explore nature. She gets a genuine joy out of being her outgoing self and is constantly introducing herself into the community and all the wonderful, friendly people of Nelson.
     
Tamara  Hynd Reporter
Tamara Hynd
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Tamara has come to the Nelson Star from The Free Press in Fernie and the Coast Mountain News in Bella Coola, both papers are from the Black Press family. A fan of the outdoors and colourful people, she's enjoying the lush landscapes and character of the West Kootenay.
     
Kiomi  Tucker Sales Associate
Kiomi Tucker
250-352-1890
Born and raised in Nelson, Kiomi has recently moved back to the community after being gone for 11 years. She made the big move back to Canada from the United Kingdom in the summer of 2013, bringing her husband and her pug Vivian with her. Kiomi is thrilled to call Nelson home again.
     
     
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
250-352-1890
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.
     
Cheryl  Foote Classifieds and General Inquiries
Cheryl Foote
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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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