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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

National Indigenous Peoples Day a reminder our work is far from complete

National Indigenous Peoples Day a reminder our work is far from complete

Although many Canadians tend to think of the residential school system as a shocking artifact of our distant past, the last one was still operating less than 30 years ago.
Northern B.C. natural gas pipeline to start construction this summer

Northern B.C. natural gas pipeline to start construction this summer

The pipeline would carry natural gas from Hudson's Hope in northeast B.C. to proposed Ksi Lisims facility near Gingolx
Lax Kw'alaams takes DFO to court over proposed fishing restrictions

Lax Kw'alaams takes DFO to court over proposed fishing restrictions

Lax Kw’alaams says restrictions will negatively impact their fishing interests and way of life
Will third time be the charm for A&W in Prince Rupert?

Will third time be the charm for A&W in Prince Rupert?

With a development permit issued May 15, franchisee McMurray Group sees clear sailing ahead
Joint venture makes final decision on Prince Rupert LPG export facility

Joint venture makes final decision on Prince Rupert LPG export facility

The $1.35 billion project is already underway on Ridley Island with land clearing 95% complete
Canada Infrastructure Bank loans Prince Rupert port $150M for logistics hub

Canada Infrastructure Bank loans Prince Rupert port $150M for logistics hub

Port expects CANXPORT project to be operational by Q3 2026
Police seek help solving highway sign vandalism case

Police seek help solving highway sign vandalism case

The informational signs about Tsimshian history along the Skeena have since been repaired
Three Terrace automotive dealerships change ownership

Three Terrace automotive dealerships change ownership

New owners of MacCarthy GM, Terrace Honda and Prevost RV say they will continue community legacy
Prince Rupert Port contributes $51K to rhinology technology for Terrace Hospital

Prince Rupert Port contributes $51K to rhinology technology for Terrace Hospital

Soon northwest B.C. ear, nose and throat patients will no longer have to travel to Vancouver
North Central Local Government convention kicks off in Smithers

North Central Local Government convention kicks off in Smithers

Conference opens with walking tour and unveiling of a gift from Chetwynd to Smithers
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