Phil McLachlan is the editor at the Penticton Western News. Prior to this he served as the reporter, and eventually editor of The Free Press newspaper in Fernie, for three years. Before coming to Fernie he worked for the Meridian Booster in Lloydminster, Alta. Since graduating from Loyalist College's Photojournalism Program in 2016, he has been nominated for and won several provincial and national newspaper awards. He possesses a passion for storytelling, an appreciation of community news, and a love for photography. In Fernie he became known by locals as 'the man on the street with a camera'.