Our Team

Andrea Horton
Having grown up in Fernie, Andrea is thrilled to be the publisher of the local paper. After having lived in Kelowna for 10 years she was happy to bring her two boys home and raise them in the close-knit community she remembers from her childhood. Andrea started with The Free Press in 2007 as a reporter. After a hiatus in 2009 she returned as the advertising consultant in 2012 and took over as publisher in June of 2013.

Phil McLachlan
Philip McLachlan is a reporter with The Free Press, and came to Fernie in November of 2016 after working as a reporter at the Meridian Booster in Lloydminster, A.B. He graduated from the Loyalist College photojournalism program in March of 2016. Philip was born and raised on Vancouver Island.

Ezra Black
Ezra Black joined The Free Press in November 2016 after spending almost three years as a reporter for the Crowsnest Pass Herald. He is a graduate of the University of King’s College journalism program and was born and raised in Montreal.

Jennifer Cronin
Jennifer has been a part of The Free Press team for over three years. Hired on as Administrator, she has been the Advertising Consultant for the past year. Jen has called Fernie home for 25 years, and when she is not working, enjoys playing in the pool league, and spending time with family and friends.