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Simon  Lindley Publisher
Simon Lindley
250-856-0051
Simon has been a member of the Cowichan News Leader team since July of 2012 but has been involved with Black Press since 2004, including publisher of the Business Examiner Vancouver Island. During a hiatus between 2008 and 2012 Simon worked for the Better Business Bureau and on contract with other news media. He ran in 2009 in the provincial election. Prior to 2004, Simon worked in banking and investments and spent most of his career in Alberta. After seeing the light (and the warmth!) he moved to Vancouver Island in 2003, where he enjoys the true island lifestyle from his floathome in the Cowichan Valley. Simon has one daughter of sixteen. Simon is excited to be at the helm of Cowichan's newspaper of record. “There is no place I would rather be. We have a strong product, an award-winning editorial team, agency-quality graphic designers and overall commitment to our community. We also have an outstanding array of relevant media options both in print and online. I look forward to charting the course for the News Leader Pictorial.”
     
John  McKinley Managing Editor
John McKinley
1-250-746-4471
John runs the News Leader Pictorial's news department. Under his leadership, the paper has been named best in its circulation class in B.C. six times, and best in Canada in 2007.
     
Andrew  Leong Photographer
Andrew Leong
A regular at just about every event in Cowichan for about the past 20 years, Andrew and his long lens are one of the Valley's most recognizable sights. He is a certified Professional Photographers of Canada craftsman and his work has been honoured multiple times by both the British Columbia/Yukon and Canadian Community Newspaper Associations.
     
Kim  Sayer Office Supervisor
Kim Sayer
250-856-0046
Originally from Manitoba, Kim and her family settled in the Cowichan Valley in 1986. Kim has been the Office Supervisor of the Cowichan News Leader since March of 2005 and very much enjoys working in the newspapers fast-paced environment.
     
Lara  Stuart Circulation Manager
Lara Stuart
250-856-0047
Born and raised in the Cowichan, Lara started with the News Leader Pictorial in September 1996 as a front office/classified clerk. In early 2000 she took over as circulation manager and has been working with our carriers and drivers since. If you are looking for a newspaper route or are concerned with your delivery, please contact her.
     
Peter   Rusland Reporter
Peter Rusland
250-856-0041
Best known as the News Leader Pictorial's long-time arts and entertainment reporter, Peter also covers the city, health and environment. His newswriting his earned him multiple community newspaper honours on both the provincial and national stage.
     
Don  Bodger Sports Editor
Don Bodger
250-856-0045
The dean of Cowichan journalists, Don has been writing about the local sports scene for the News Leader Pictorial since 1983. His knowledge of local people and places is hard to beat and his expertise on Cowichan athletes and athletics second to none.

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