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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

Big win for Winecrush

Feb 24, 2017 / 8:50 am

Photo: Contributed A Penticton business has been on a roll since it opened, garnering yet more recognition at an event this week. Winecrush won best concept at the Small Business B.C. Awards held in Vancouver on Thursday night. "We

Daughter and dad dance

Feb 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed A special night for fathers and daughters is happening in Penticton this weekend. The first ever Snowflake Ball, billed as a date night for daughter and daddy, or that special man she adores, will be held on

Touring Memorial Arena

Feb 23, 2017 / 5:00 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Residents were invited to step back in time and get a peek at the future during tours of Memorial Arena in Penticton on Thursday. The tours were part of the ongoing Penticton Arena Task Force effort to get feedback

Dog put down after attack

Feb 23, 2017 / 11:16 am

Photo: Pixabay The rottweiler involved in an attack on a woman last week in Penticton has been put down, according to city of Penticton staff. Communications officer Mark Parker said animal control responded to a request from

Robotti trial moving ahead

Feb 23, 2017 / 10:49 am

Photo: CTV Grace Robotti Jury selection and publication bans were discussed at a pretrial conference for one of the accused allegedly involved in the death of Roxanne Louie. The conference for Grace Robotti took place in a Penticton courtroom by

Downtown smash and grab

Feb 23, 2017 / 9:30 am

Photo: Contributed A long-standing Penticton business is the latest to be targeted in a break and enter in downtown Penticton. The Bumwrap, on the 200 block of Main Street, was broken into at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning, according

Theft leads to police chase

Feb 22, 2017 / 3:37 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer A complaint about a vehicle being stolen from Oliver led up to a police incident in Kaleden last week. According to Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth, the driver refused to pull over for police while be ing followed on

Drunk driving arrests

Feb 22, 2017 / 12:02 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Penticton RCMP cracked down on a couple of impaired drivers on Monday night. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said at 8:50 p.m. on Monday night, officers stopped a vehicle on Lakeview Street. The female driver exhibited

Building a well in Nepal

Feb 22, 2017 / 10:45 am

Photo: Contributed A group of South Okanagan residents is currently fundraising for a well/water system in Nepal. The village had two wells but one was damaged in an earthquake, so they are eager to do their part, according to organizers. One

Condo residents under siege

Feb 22, 2017 / 10:29 am

Photo: Contributed Residents of a condo building on Calgary Avenue in Penticton say they are fed up with ongoing thefts from their underground parking area. For the last two months, everything from golf clubs to bikes and other personal