About Us

Your Community News Team

Lisa  Prophet Publisher
Lisa Prophet
Lisa has been a resident of Maple Ridge for the past 20 years and in the newspaper business since 1999. She is actively involved in the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation, Ridge Meadows Minor Ball Hockey Association, local secondary high school committees, to name a few. She actively participates in and sponsors numerous local events, non-profit groups and businesses. Lisa has been with Black Press for 14 years, and manages all departments at The News. She is the recipient of the Presidents Award from Black Press, as well has earned multiple B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper and Canadian Community Newspaper Advertising awards, local Chamber awards, and is proud to represent the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News.
Michael  Hall Editor
Michael Hall
Michael Hall has been a journalist for 20 years, the past 10 as editor of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News.
Jim  Coulter Publisher
Jim Coulter
Jim has been in the community newspaper business since 1987 and has been the publisher of the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows News since November of 2000. He is a past president of the Chamber of Commerce, an active Rotarian, a youth soccer coach and he sits on the boards of the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation and the BC and Yukon Community Newspapers Association.
Grant  Frend Columnist
Grant Frend
Grant Frend is principal at THSS.
Chef  Dez Columnist
Chef Dez
Chef Dez is a chef, writer, and host.
Monisha  Martins Reporter
Monisha Martins
Monisha Caroline Martins has been a reporter since 1999. She has worked previously in Asia and Australia. Her beats include crime, courts, city council, human rights, homelessness, drug addiction and the arts. Since she was hired by Black Press, Ms. Martins has won several journalism awards for breaking news, feature writing, arts and election coverage.
Mike Shields
Mike Shields grew up locally and hosts SFU’s Philosopher’s Café Sessions at the Maple Ridge Act Theater, 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month.
Neil  Corbett Reporter
Neil Corbett
Neil Corbett covers the education, health care and sports beat at the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News. He has worked in print journalism for more than two decades, as an editor and a reporter.
Kevin Gillies
Steph Troughton
Robert Prince
Mario Bartel
Phil  Melnychuk Reporter, Columnist
Phil Melnychuk
Phil Melnychuk has been a reporter and editor in B.C. and Alberta for more than 20 years working in Whitecourt, Stony Plain, Medicine Hat, Vancouver and Abbotsford.
Sandy Macdougall
Val Patenaude
Val Patenaude is director of the Maple Ridge Museum.
Robert  Mangelsdorf Reporter
Robert Mangelsdorf
Brian  Yip Circulation manager
Brian Yip
The News Contributor
Colleen   Flanagan Reporter/photographer
Colleen Flanagan
Christine Lyon
Alex Browne
Tom  Fletcher Columnist
Tom Fletcher
Jeff Nagel
Marco Terwiel
Dr. Marco Terwiel works out of several care clinics in Maple Ridge, where he has been a family physician since 1968.