2017-09-01 / Community

New editor ready to engage, connect with Simi Valley community


Belmond Belmond Longtime Acorn staff writer Sylvie Belmond has been named editor of the Simi Valley Acorn.

Belmond, 55, replaces Darleen Principe, who stepped down Aug. 25 to pursue a master’s degree in mass communications. Her goal is to teach college journalism.

Belmond joined the Acorn Newspapers in 2004. She covered city and school news in Moorpark for five years and has been the lead reporter for Calabasas, Westlake Village and unincorporated Oak Park since 2010.

“I look forward to working in partnership with the Simi Valley community to continue bringing thoughtful, balanced and in-depth coverage to our readers while using my perspective as an experienced local journalist to focus our coverage on what local residents care about most,” Belmond said.

Belmond grew up in Switzerland, where she studied business administration and languages. She moved to the U.S. in her early 20s to pursue new opportunities. Her passion for reporting and photojournalism began in the late 1990s when she attended a class taught by Professor Rob O’Neil at Pierce College in Woodland Hills.

After two semesters in the journalism program, Belmond became managing editor of The Roundup newspaper at Pierce and was soon hired as a staff writer at The Malibu Times, where she gained hands-on experience covering city and school news and writing human-interest stories.

“My philosophy is everyone has a story to tell. Whether it is a retired engineer building an experimental aircraft in his garage, a business owner with a novel idea or a student devoted to community service, I believe the role of a local newspaper is to bring to light the diverse achievements of the people who make up the fabric of the community,” Belmond said.

“As editor of the Simi Valley Acorn, I will strive to produce unbiased and revealing articles that allow readers to form their own opinions on any given subject.”

Working together with the Acorn’s talented reporters and photographers to produce an attractive and informative print publication, Belmond will continue to boost the Simi Valley Acorn’s online presence by engaging readers via social media.

The five Acorn newspapers are distributed weekly to more than 145,000 homes and businesses.

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