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

Thieves targeting golf clubs

Jul 26, 2016 / 8:00 pm

Photo: Crime Stoppers People are being advised to lock up their golf clubs after a recent spate of thefts in the city. Community policing co-ordinator Rick Dellebuur said they are the big thing right now with half a dozen sets of high-end

Injured ATV teen in hospital

Jul 26, 2016 / 4:43 pm

Photo: Contributed The 15-year-old girl who was badly injured in an ATV incident on Saturday in the Apex Mountain area is still hospitalized. Community policing co-ordinator Rick Dellebuur said as of Tuesday morning she was still recovering

Single vehicle accident

Jul 26, 2016 / 4:18 pm

Photo: Contributed Naramata Fire and Rescue responded to a single-vehicle crash at about 3:10 p.m. on Monday. One occupant of the vehicle sustained injuries and was transported to Penticton Regional Hospital, according to fire chief

Generosity matched

Jul 26, 2016 / 1:50 pm

Photo: Contributed When the staff at Berry & Smith Trucking learned the family‚Äźowned company had made a significant donation to support Penticton Regional Hospital, they decided it was a gesture worth duplicating. Now the employees

Druggie busts into Legion

Jul 26, 2016 / 12:25 pm

Photo: Contributed A person, who was extremely high on drugs broke into the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 40 on Martin Street, last week, according to the Penticton RCMP. Rick Dellebuur, the community policing co-ordinator, said there

Cleaning ladies assaulted

Jul 26, 2016 / 10:55 am

Photo: Contributed Two cleaning ladies were assaulted last week at the Black Sea Motel on Lakeshore Drive, according to the Penticton RCMP. The women were attacked by a man who was trying to get bottles, while they were cleaning at

Tees Up for Cancer

Jul 25, 2016 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For 20 years, the women involved in the annual Tees Up for Cancer golf tournament have concentrated just as much on charity as their next shot. The group’s 20th annual fundraiser will be held Aug. 12-13 at the Penticton

Missing girl found

Jul 24, 2016 / 6:36 pm

Photo: Contributed UPDATE 6:35 P.M. The 12-year-old girl who was reported missing to White Rock RCMP yesterday has been located safe and sound.  The White Rock RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance. White Rock

Caring for cats

Jul 23, 2016 / 7:48 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Residents dedicated to improving the lives of feral and orphaned cats and kittens took part in a fundraising event in Penticton, Saturday. AlleyCATS Alliance volunteers were on hand at the IGA to share information

Teaching water safety

Jul 23, 2016 / 3:57 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Eager children learned the basics of paddle boarding at a water safety event held at Penticton's Sudbury Beach on Saturday. The important training was part of a day of information provided by AdventureSmart, a