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October 19, 2017 2:12 am

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Ben Meisner

 250News  founder Ben Meisner passed away on April 2, 2015, just  a little over a month shy of the 10th anniversary of the start of this independent news site.

With  nearly 60 years  experience in the news business, he  mentored  the  team which carries on his work.  Ben was  the recipient of  the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals,  a Lifetime Achievement  award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, and was given Freeman of the City status  in Vanderhoof for his relentless efforts to stop the Kemano Completion project.

He was known for his many years as a hard hitting radio talk show host in Prince George. Prince George- Valemount MLA Shirley Bond  once said  being a guest  on Meisner’s program was “A bit like a visit to the dentist.  It could be painful,  but it was necessary.”  Ben  was  just as widely  known for his no nonsense editorials which  called it  as he saw it,  and which were  always  wrapped up with  “I’m Meisner, and that’s one man’s opinion.”


click here  for  the final tribute to Ben B Meisner


Elaine Macdonald-Meisner

President / Publisher

Email: elaine@250news.com

Elaine is  the co-founder of 250News.   She  has more than 40 years  experience in news and electronic media. Her career started in news at CKPG Radio in Prince George and includes experience at CHED Edmonton, CHML Hamilton, CHUM/CHUMFM Toronto, CKEY Toronto and CISSFM Toronto. She has taught Broadcast Journalism at the College level, been a Communications/Public Relations Officer in Prince George, and won several awards for news, public affairs and voice over work. She is a member of  the  Radio, Television Digital News Association of Canada.


Don Hawkins


Email: don@250news.com

Don Hawkins’ journalism career spans 42 years, the bulk of it in Victoria and Prince George, having started at CFAX Victoria in August, 1969. Professional opportunities have resulted in his coverage of news throughout the capital city region, including a stint as a broadcast reporter at the B.C. legislature interviewing and writing about the politicians of the day such as Dave Barrett, W.A.C. and Bill Bennett and a host of other interesting characters. Don also worked in the Vancouver market and the Okanagan, specifically Kelowna, prior to moving to Prince George in the summer of 1983.  With a career move in early 2011, Don now brings his skills, abilities and enthusiasm to the news outlet that prides itself on bringing the news of north-central B.C. to an ever-expanding audience in a timely, professional manner, 250News.


Peter Ewart


Raised in Prince George, Peter Ewart is a former instructor of English and New Media at the College of New Caledonia. He is a community activist and volunteer, and has written a variety of articles on political and community affairs. He has  been a spokesperson for the Active Voice Coalition, coordinator for the Prince George Committee To Save BC Rail, President of Employment Action, Vice President of the CNC Faculty Association, and Board member of the Canadian Rural and Remote Health Association.He is currently working on a book about the controversial sale of BC Rail.


Jos Van Hage


Born in the Netherlands, Jos received a horticultural degree in his native country before moving to Canada in 1974. He started his own garden business in 1979 and has been helping northerners garden and grow for 25 years.