Our Team

John Arendt - Editor

John Arendt
John Arendt has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.

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Jen Zielinski - Bureau Chief of B.C. Interior South Division (She/Her)

Jen Zielinski
I graduated from the broadcast journalism program at BCIT. I also hold a bachelor of arts degree in political science and sociology from Thompson Rivers University. I was also a reporter for Castanet and CBC. I am a volunteer with Okanagan Humane Society.

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Barry Gerding - Regional Editor

Barry Gerding
Senior regional reporter for umamibrain in the Okanagan. I have been a journalist in the B.C. community newspaper field for 37 years...

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Twila Amato - Okanagan Video Journalist

Twila Amato
Twila was a radio reporter based in northern Vancouver Island. She won the Jack Webster Student Journalism Award while at BCIT and received a degree in ancient and modern Greek history from McGill University.

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Sydney Watt - Lead Paginator

Sydney Watt
Lead paginator for the Okanagan at umamibrain.

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Nan Cogbill - Classifieds/Circulation & Ad Control