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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

New buyer for Baldy?

Nov 27, 2015 / 4:00 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer UPDATE: 3:55 p.m. Mount Baldy Ski Resort could have a new owner soon. While the most recent operators of the hill said this week the window of opportunity has now closed in order for us to be able to complete the

Penticton victim identified

Nov 27, 2015 / 1:30 pm

Photo: Contributed UPDATE NOVEMBER 27 The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died after a motor vehicle incident near Merritt on Nov. 16, 2015. He was Martin Lewis Schultz, aged 44, of Penticton. Mr. Schultz

Centre to house refugees

Nov 27, 2015 / 11:57 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer The Naramata Centre Society is looking into housing Syrian refugees on a short-term basis. Doug Woollard, chair of the society, said they were approached by the United Church of Canada and a local group who want to

Fire under investigation

Nov 27, 2015 / 11:11 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Deputy fire chief Dave Spalding says the cause of a garage fire on Middle Bench Road in Penticton early Friday remains under investigation. The fire broke out just before 1 a.m. Firefighters found a garage

Prelim for kidnapping case

Nov 26, 2015 / 7:30 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer A preliminary inquiry will likely take place next year for the four men accused in a Penticton kidnapping and assault case. Judge Meg Shaw made the decision at a pre-trial conference for the four men, Carey Anderson,

Health boss tours hospitals

Nov 26, 2015 / 6:45 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Interior Health's new CEO is on tour – visiting the health region's many facilities. This week, Chris Mazurkewich, visited South Okanagan/Similkameen sites, meeting staff, physicians and volunteers. He

Volunteer to fill kettles

Nov 26, 2015 / 5:26 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer The annual Christmas Kettle Campaign is now underway in Penticton. There was a well-attended launch on Saturday at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre, said Salvation Army kettle co-ordinator Hilma LaBelle. "What

Toys for Tots a success

Nov 26, 2015 / 5:14 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Hundreds of people turned out this week to help make Christmas brighter for children in the South Okanagan this holiday season. The 22nd Annual Toys for Tots to Teens was at a new venue, but the generosity

Penticton all charged up

Nov 26, 2015 / 2:48 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Electric car drivers have something to get charged about in Penticton. A partnership between the city, provincial government, BC Hydro and FortisBC has resulted in the installation of an electrical vehicle charging

Dog tangles with deer

Nov 26, 2015 / 2:31 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Conservation officers say a reported dog attack in Penticton, Wednesday, was most likely the work of a deer, not a cougar. Conservation officer Jeff Hanratty said he was contacted by the dog's owner