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Deborah Pfeiffer bio

After growing up in beautiful, rainy North Vancouver, I moved south to study broadcast journalism and English literature at the University of Oregon in Eugene, where it rains even more.

Needing sunshine, I moved to Southern California and worked for a time in Hollywood as a production assistant.

Eager to pursue a career in writing, I ended up working as a print journalist at several newspapers east of the big city of Los Angeles. There I covered beats including crime, city council, education and sports.

For 25 years I wrote countless stories, some happy, many sad. My love of journalism eventually led to a stint teaching my craft at different Southern California universities.

But exciting as Southern California is, I still liked BC best. So when the opportunity came to move back, my husband and I packed our belongings and reluctant cat in our car and drove north to Naramata.

I am now thrilled and happy to be on the Castanet staff, bringing stories of the Okanagan to readers.
Latest Articles from Deborah Pfeiffer

Shock over resort closure

Mar 26, 2017 / 11:06 am

Photo: Facebook UPDATE: 11:05 a.m. The owners are heartbroken and the community is in shock following the sudden closure of Pinaus Lake Resort near Falkland. "We are coping with this as best we can," said Catherine Pynappels,

Marijuana exhibit opens

Mar 25, 2017 / 12:47 pm

Marijuana exhibit Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   An exhibit dedicated

Party in the park tix on sale

Mar 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Tickets have just been released for the Okanagan Falls Winery Association’s sixth annual party in the park. Held in the heart of wine country, all 15 member wineries will come together in July for an evening filled

No jail for tire theft

Mar 24, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer A Penticton man who broke into a secure compound at Canadian Tire received a nine month conditional sentence in court on Friday. David Baresinkoff will serve his sentence in the community, with the first four under

Left bag of meth at court

Mar 24, 2017 / 3:44 pm

Photo: Contributed A Penticton man who left a backpack full of crystal methamphetamine and stolen identification at the local courthouse was sentenced to 45 days in prison on Friday. Vaughn Baptiste pleaded guilty to the drug possession

Public garden may shrink

Mar 24, 2017 / 3:18 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer A garden used by residents of the Towers apartment complex may be getting paved and turned into a parking lot. A public hearing is set for April 4, on a zoning amendment for the social housing campus at 453 Winnipeg

Summerland Seedy Saturday

Mar 24, 2017 / 9:37 am

Photo: Contributed Summerland's Seedy Saturday will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the Summerland Ornamental Gardens.  The popular community event features organic seed growers, bedding plants and farmers market

Bikes for kids

Mar 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club has launched a bike drive in the South Okanagan, with the goal of providing struggling families with bicycles. "We work with a lot of families that struggle to make ends

Last call for nominations

Mar 23, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Photo: Contributed The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is putting out a last call for nominations for exceptional volunteers in the community. The upcoming Pillar Community Innovation Awards are taking until 5 p.m.

Looking out for baby owls

Mar 23, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Contributed The South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls in Oliver has issued an advisory to the public on what to do if they come across baby raptors.  It comes at the start of spring when many owls will be raising their