Who we are
Linda Solomon Wood, Founder, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief
Linda Solomon Wood founded the Vancouver Observer on a laptop in her living room and has since then published more than 5,000 stories touching on every aspect of the city and province by writers and reporters from all over Canada. She's passionate about people and experienced at conducting in-depth interviews that illuminate the power and beauty of individual experience and portray the personal details that make a life both universal and unique. Linda stays involved with every aspect of the Vancouver Observer and has a hand in the conception and editing of most of its reporting. Linda's been a writer for more than 30 years, reporting from Paris, New York City and Nashville, Tennessee. Read more about Linda.
Vancouver Observer Editorial, Tech and Sales Team
Jenny Uechi, Managing Editor, Environmental News Reporter with a focus on tar sands
Jenny Uechi is a writer and editor with an focus on mixed culture, art and social issues. She studied English and French at the University of Victoria and Sciences Po in Paris before working in translation and writing. Jenny got her start in publishing by writing stories on homelessness, Asian-Canadian culture and social isolation. She has worked for newspapers and magazines in Canada and Japan, and her work can be found in publications such as Ricepaper, Adbusters, Megaphone and The Japan Times. She also worked as a news director for NHK news in Tokyo. Jenny digs into deep, complex stories and loves to write about people who are more than what they may seem. Jenny also facilitated creative writing at Onsite with Megaphone magazine.
D. Matthew Millar, National Correspondent
D. Matthew Millar reports on national affairs for The Vancouver Observer from Ottawa. Follow him on twitter
Jordan Yerman, Project Manager, Entertainment and City Affairs Editor
Jordan has been writing and editing for the web for the better part of a decade, reaching millions of readers. He has also written long-form fiction and nonfiction. While earning his degree in Political Science, Jordan picked up acting; he would later attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, living in the UK for four years before relocating to New York City. To get by, he has worked as a proofreader, model, technical consultant, HR trainer, sign-placer, sales director, crate stacker, bartender, photographer, real estate broker, and as an exhibit at the Bronx Museum. As an actor, Jordan has performed in the USA, England, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands; including London's West End.
He was last seen as Editorial Director for Vancouver's own NowPublic. He also works as a photographer, shooting everything from weddings and kids to feral cats. Aside from writing, Jordan is here to manage the VO's membership campaign.
Janel Johnson, Advertising and Digital Strategies Director, Branded Content Specialist
Get in touch with Janel to learn about advertising and digital strategies on the Vancouver Observer. She would love to talk with you about all the great stuff you get when you become a member of the Vancouver Observer and/or about promoting your business.
Anja Konjicanin, Digital Strategies and Social Media, Branded Content and Public Relations Partnerships
In addition to managing the Vancouver Observer's active social media presence, Anja works with everyone from public relations folks to local business owners on developing stories and brands through VO's many exciting promotional opportunities. For more information: Anja@thevancouverobserver.com
David Egan, Web consulting
David Egan is usually managing the technology behind the scenes at VO, but files the occasional report, too. David keeps our site from collapsing into a black hole, dragging the rest of the Internet with it. Do not distract him.
Lee Carney, Food Page Editor-in-Chief
Lee Carney loves food. Whether it is spending months mastering the art of making pizza or his exploration of the world of competitive BBQ, Lee loves to explore new food experiences. He is an accomplished home chef, enthusiastic mixologist and the consummate host. Lee is very close to annexing his living room to use as a prep kitchen.
Charles Macurdy, Food Editor
Charles has worked as a chef for over a decade. He's committed to fostering respectful, intelligent, and rational democratic discourse. Failing that, he's prepared to supplement the conversation with jokes.
Ajay Puri, Founder, Editor-in-Chief, BeeVanCity-VO Events coverage
Ajay Puri (top left) founded BeeVancity, Vancouver's honey sweet events blog that is more than just a calendar. Pulling together an effervescent group of "bees," (aka writers), Ajay and his crew power up Vancouver's arts and culture scene by highlighting favourite cultural and civic happenings to spotlight and promote. Ajay is a well-known advocate for social change and community empowerment. Over the last several years he co-founded EastVanLove, Bridge to A Cool Planet, Coop Culture, Canadian Ethno-cultural Health Network and RangiChangi Roots. Ajay defies the notion that one person can only do so much.
Kelly Marion, Fun City editor
Kelly Marion covers food, events and travel for the Vancouver Observer.