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Thom Barker

Thom Barker

After graduating with a geology degree from Carleton University and taking a detour through the high tech business, Thom started his journalism career as a fact-checker for a magazine in Ottawa in 2002. He quickly progressed to writing features for various publications, but when he landed his first newspaper job with The Interior News in 2005, he knew he had found his calling. He is the winner of numerous journalism awards, perhaps most notable the 2008 CCNA Best Feature Story award for his coverage of the in-custody death of Ian Bush and subsequent coroner's inquest. Thom believes strongly in the value of community news, particularly in the digital era, and is thrilled to be back in Smithers where his newspaper journey began.

Phone
306.641.6215
Email
editor@interior-news.com

Recent Work by Thom

Mineral exploration industry supports B.C. Land Act pause

Mineral exploration industry supports B.C. Land Act pause

Mineral exploration association president says pause is a chance to get things right for everyone
New Zealand mountain guide becomes 4th fatality in B.C. helicopter crash

New Zealand mountain guide becomes 4th fatality in B.C. helicopter crash

Heli-skiing company says three bodies have now been retrieved from Terrace backcountry
Criminal contempt trial of pipeline opponents begins in Northwest B.C.

Criminal contempt trial of pipeline opponents begins in Northwest B.C.

Three defendants, including prominent Wet’suwet’en leader Sleydo’, face criminal contempt charges
Northwest B.C. First Nation and province sign consent agreement on gold mine expansion

Northwest B.C. First Nation and province sign consent agreement on gold mine expansion

The agreement is the 2nd created under B.C.’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act
Woman injured during bear attack in northwest B.C.

Woman injured during bear attack in northwest B.C.

Conservation Officer Service says it was a defensive attack, warns public to be cautious
B.C. north coast fishing charter owner fined $10K for feeding seals

B.C. north coast fishing charter owner fined $10K for feeding seals

Curtis Ireland of Prince Rupert sentenced in June for offences committed in 2020
Wolf attacks dog in Prince Rupert on B.C. north coast

Wolf attacks dog in Prince Rupert on B.C. north coast

Attempt to scare wolf off with bear-bangers fails, but family pet escapes with no injuries
SPCA seeks support for 12 abandoned puppies surrendered in Northwest B.C.

SPCA seeks support for 12 abandoned puppies surrendered in Northwest B.C.

A good Samaritan found the dogs sheltering under an uninhabited trailer and rescued them
Coastal GasLink completes final major B.C. river crossing, pipeline to be finished this year

Coastal GasLink completes final major B.C. river crossing, pipeline to be finished this year

Morice River concrete tunnel near Houston will see pipe pulled this summer
1 dead, another injured after getting hit by Airbus helicopter at B.C. airport

1 dead, another injured after getting hit by Airbus helicopter at B.C. airport

Transportation Safety Board is conducting a Class 4 investigation into the occurrence at Smithers
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