New reporter joins News Gazette staff

Mike Davies looks to connect with West Shore readers, community members

Mike Davies joins the editorial team at the News Gazette.

Mike Davies is looking forward to getting down to the business of helping the West Shore get to know itself a lot better.

Davies joins the Gazette from sister Black Press publication Campbell River Mirror, where he spent the last half of 2014 after graduating with two degrees – professional writing and journalism – from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. That’s also where he got his start in the industry – running the TRU student newspaper, The Omega, for three years after putting in a year as an all-purpose reporter/photographer.

Davies takes the post opened up when Gazette reporter/photographer Angela Cowan transferred to fellow Black Press paper the Peninsula News Review in Sidney.

“While we’re sad to see Angela leave us, we’re thrilled that Mike has chosen to make the trek down Island to join us,” said Gazette editor Don Descoteau. “His enthusiasm for community journalism will help us enhance our coverage of the West Shore.”

Davies’ partner, Pam, and four-year-old son, Sven, remain in Campbell River for the time being while he gets settled into his new digs.

When he’s not engaging with the community around him, Davies is an avid golfer and reader and a film buff. He is writing his first novel, assembling a short story and poetry collection and is beginning work on his autobiography.

So it’s clear that he loves words.

He’ll be glad to hear of events you think he should attend, news he should know about, or even if you just want to say “welcome to town” by email at

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