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About the Phoenix

There’s something missing in Peachland: Good journalism and community news worth reading. Stories with that extra interview, the added research, the ones that come from hitting the pavement, are stories that matter. Community news only works when you live where you write, and you’re directly involved and interested in what locals are doing. That’s why I launched the Phoenix.

The Peachland Phoenix is exclusively online and subscription based. It’s also ad-free. Our local businesses are hurting right now, and writing free business profiles is what I’m choosing to do.

My business model allows me to concentrate on what’s most important: Writing stories that are interesting, super-local, and worth covering. Subscribers have access to stories you won’t read anywhere else – from breaking news to features. I want to seek out Peachlanders with cool hobbies and interesting perspectives. I’ll find new angles on stories the local media can’t or won’t cover. And local community groups always have a spot on my site – I’m happy to help them get the word out. Local perspective is everything!

I’ve been a reporter at four different weekly papers in Alberta and at the Calgary Sun, where I was a general assignment reporter, a special sections writer and editor, then managing editor for Calgary 24Hours. We moved here five years ago, and last November I became editor of the Peachland View. Right after I sent the July 12, 2019 issue to press, I was laid off because of cost concerns.

The Peachland Phoenix is firmly local, always listening, and committed to a higher level of journalism. We’re a small town, and that’s why it’s important to expect more from local media. Subscribe and be part of something different: Access to quality local news that’s worth your time, from an experienced journalist who loves Peachland.

Kristen Friesen

Kristen Friesen

Publisher & Editor

Local News That Puts Peachlanders FIRST!

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