Opinion

Thursday, January 7th, 2010 | 11:47 am

Chuck Poulsen brings his unique wit, experience and insight to Kelowna.com as a columnist every Wednesday.

Chuck worked for The Province newspaper in Vancouver for 12 years, covering assignments from murder trials to the Canucks and the Legislature. He then worked for himself in advertising before spending 15 years with The Daily Courier in Kelowna.

I am intrigued by the technology Kelowna.com has brought to reporting local issues as well as those from around the globe, said Poulsen. My job will be to give you a fresh and often critical view of what’s happening in our community and our lives.

You can contact Chuck Poulsen at needlepoint@shaw.ca.

Read Chuck’s column Wednesdays.

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 | 11:53 am

Marshall Jones

Marshall Jones hand-picked the best and brightest journalists and writers to reflect this city. The new Kelowna.com is his vision of how the time-tested fundamentals of community journalism evolve to use the immediacy and rich content the web affords, backed by the advantage of having the best domain possible: Kelowna.com

With almost 15 years of news experience and 10 years in the city, Marshall has covered everything from the rise of the Kelowna Rockets to the loss of Western Star Trucks and the tragedies and victories of the Okanagan Mountain Park fire. He has earned multiple awards for writing about business, arts, crime and features, showing the range of his interests and abilities. This is his first assignment as editor, which he considers an advantage in redefining the culture of news in a new medium.

“Kelowna has enjoyed one of the most competitive media markets in Canada per capita for many years,” he says. “I hope our great city will find the best elements of radio, television and print in one new home at Kelowna.com.”

We are open for business. Send your information to news@kelowna.com or reach Marshall directly at 250-575-0831.

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 | 11:52 am

Kathy Michaels

Kathy Michaels has covered the Okanagan business community for the last three years and is looking forward to taking her insights to a new and innovative product in Kelowna.com. Throughout her time working for both the Kelowna Capital News and the Penticton Western News, she’s provided readers with a clear view of what was happening in their community during one of the most turbulent economies in recent memory.

While she was most keenly interested in the changes in the real estate market, Michaels has also taken the time to find out businesses that flourished and innovated as the economy began to stagnate and later show signs of revival.

For the last few months, she’s also shared her opinions on politics and pop culture through her column Kathartic, and intends to continue that work at kelowna.com. Michaels is excited to turn her attention to a medium that offers news to its readers on a much more immediate basis.

Read Kathy’s column Fridays.

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 | 11:50 am

John McDonald

West Kelowna is its own community and deserves its own in-depth news coverage. Veteran reporter and editor John McDonald will be providing that coverage through the immediacy of the Internet.

John has worked in the past for both of Kelowna’s old school newspapers, covering a variety of beats, most recently as the editor of the Westside Weekly.

“I’ve been covering the Westside since the governance referendum and through both civic elections, including the naming debate,” said McDonald. “West Kelowna, more than other places in the valley, has a vibrancy you can only find with a new community, and I love it.”

You can reach John with news tips and other story ideas at 250-575-0521 or john@Kelowna.com.

Read John’s column on Tuesdays.

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 | 11:48 am

Joe Fries

Crime might tear communities apart, but it can also be a great unifier when people get fed up and decide to do something about it. In the fight against crime, knowledge is power. Reporter Joe Fries brings you the knowledge through his coverage of crime, cops and the courts for Kelowna.com.

“Like few other issues, crime cuts right across society, affecting everyone from the poorest homeless person to the wealthiest upper-class family,” says Fries, who brings three years’ experience at daily newspapers to the job.

“I want to cut through the messages from official channels and paint a more accurate picture of crime in this city — and it may not be pretty.”

If you can help Fries connect the dots, please contact him at joe@Kelowna.com or (250) 575-4303.

Read Joe’s column Thursdays.

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 | 11:45 am

Adrian Nieoczym

Adrian Nieoczym is Kelowna.com’s news reporter, specializing in City Hall and politics. He’ll be bringing you stories from around town, direct to your screen, as soon as they happen. Adrian is passionate about knowing what is going on in his community.

“I think it’s important to know what the people running our city and province are up to,” he said. “And I look forward to sharing that information with our visitors.”

Adrian comes to Kelowna.com after spending two years with the Kelowna Capital News covering everything from politics to health to courts and crime. Reach Adrian at 250-575-3517 or adrian@kelowna.com.

Read Adrian’s column Mondays.

Marshall Jones: The Kelowna.com adventure comes to an end

Marshall Jones: The Kelowna.com adventure comes to an end

Thursday, April 15th, 2010 | 1:00 pm

“If anyone had more fun than I had over the past 10 months at Kelowna.com, it was John McDonald…. We were like puppies who finally snuck through the fence of the yard.”

Brad MacBeth: Investing in yourself is the smartest investment

Brad MacBeth: Investing in yourself is the smartest investment

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 | 4:44 pm

Over the next two weeks we are going to give you a chance to change that AND have the always rare ‘free lunch’. More on this below.

CD-21 zone drawings have little chance of coming to life

CD-21 zone drawings have little chance of coming to life

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 | 1:42 pm

“Where does the truth lie? Somewhere in the muddle, the muddle being what the CD21 zone could look like in 20 years, if the increasingly complex plan and its nine sub-zones don’t roll out exactly as predicted.”

Weldon LeBlanc: Finally, a passport office in Kelowna

Weldon LeBlanc: Finally, a passport office in Kelowna

Saturday, April 10th, 2010 | 9:02 pm

“Lobbying now requires establishing a strong business case, getting everyone on the same page, and a determined effort to convince the decision-makers of your point of view.”