New editor lands at PNR

News Review welcomes Steve Heywood from Parksville Qualicum Beach News

Steven Heywood is the new editor at Peninsula News Review.

Steven Heywood is the new editor at Peninsula News Review.

The Peninsula News Review has a new editor.

Steven Heywood joins the fold this week, after spendng the last nine years as editor of one of the News Review’s sister papers up-Island, the Parksville Qualicum Beach News.

Heywood replaces Erin Cardone, who has moved on to other opportunities. Black Press editors Kyle Slavin and Don Descoteau had filled-in while Heywood made the jump from Parksville to Sidney. He is grateful for the help of Descoteau (who returns to the Victoria News) and the News Review staff for getting him up to speed.

“I am looking forward to getting to know the community here on the Peninsula,” Heywood said. “Writing about and photographing the people who make a community tick is rewarding — you get to know a place quickly and in-depth, and there are always pleasant surprizes to be found.”

Heywood has been a reporter and editor for 20 years, starting as a radio journalist in central B.C., then jumping into community newspapers in other B.C. and Alberta towns, before coming back to the Island (he was born in Port Alberni) in 2003.

He has won various community newspaper awards in his career, from photography to newspaper general excellence awards, and is looking forward to sharing his experience with his co-workers at the News Review.

In his spare time, Heywood is an active basketball official and is sure to be seen on the local hardwood this winter. He is also a Canadian Forces reservist with the Canadian Scottish Regiment in Victoria, which, incidently, celebrates its 100th anniversary in October.

Heywood can be reached at the PNR at 250-656-1151, ext. 28, or at editor@peninsulanewsreview.com.