Our Team

Andrea Horton
Andrea began her career in the newspaper business in 2007 as a reporter with The Free Press in Fernie, B.C. After a brief hiatus she returned to The Free Press in 2012, after it had been purchased by Black Press Media, to work as a sales consultant. She was promoted to publisher in 2013. In 2017, Andrea relocated with her family to Salmon Arm where, in 2019, she returned to work with Black Press as publisher of the Salmon Arm Observer, Shuswap Market News and Eagle Valley News. Andrea loves to be involved in community events and has recently become a Rotarian. She loves walking her puppies by the lake and sharing the longer Shuswap summers with her husband and two sons.

Twila Amato
Okanagan Video Journalist
Before joining the Black Press Media team, Twila was a radio reporter based in northern Vancouver Island, reporting for stations in the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Port Alice, Port Hardy, as well as Powell River. She won the Jack Webster Student Journalism Award while at BCIT and before then, received a degree in ancient and modern Greek history from McGill University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, singing show tunes, collecting lipstick and hanging out at Sephora.

 Jen Zielinski
Bureau Chief of B.C. Interior South Division
Jen graduated from the broadcast journalism program at BCIT. She also has bachelor of arts degree in political science and sociology from Thompson Rivers University. Previously, the Fernie native was the senior video journalist for Castanet News, based in Kelowna. She has a passion for online journalism, as well as local volunteer organizations, such as the BC SPCA.

Brian Gold
Regional Circulation Manager