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

Return of the sockeye

Oct 22, 2016 / 3:59 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer People gathered on the banks of the Okanagan River in Penticton on Saturday to learn more about the return of sockeye salmon coming home after a 6,000 kilometre journey to the ocean and back. The event was one of

Food film generates interest

Oct 22, 2016 / 1:58 pm

Photo: Contributed A matinee screening of the new health and nutrition documentary, Eating You Alive, has been added in Penticton. The pre-release Canadian debut of the film, taking place at the Shatford Centre Wednesday, Oct.

Owl centre needs boost

Oct 21, 2016 / 3:05 pm

Photo: Contributed The South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls, SORCO, is reaching out to the community for help after a very busy year. The centre in the Oliver area typically holds one big fundraiser, an open house in May, but

Festival of Colours at Baldy

Oct 21, 2016 / 2:14 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Visitors are invited to partake in different activities and look into job opportunities at an event this weekend at Baldy Mountain Resort in the South Okanagan. The resort is hosting its second weekend of the Festival

Excellence award winners

Oct 20, 2016 / 7:32 pm

Photo: Contributed Penticton and area businesses that are setting a standard for excellence in their respective fields were recently recognized. The 29th Annual Business Excellence Awards, hosted by the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber

Spirit of leadership

Oct 20, 2016 / 3:10 pm

Photo: Contributed The disappointment of a cancelled leadership camp earlier this month will be erased next Monday when Grade 7 and OSS leadership students in Osoyoos instead head to the Spirit Ridge Conference Centre. The Spirit

Get scared for a cause

Oct 20, 2016 / 2:08 pm

Dustin Godfrey A Penticton couple is once again going all out to scare people this Halloween. For the fifth year in a row Erik and Lisa Laflamme are transforming their home into the haunted attraction, Dr. Franks Insanitorium. "The witches

Brewery wins gold

Oct 20, 2016 / 11:53 am

Photo: Contributed A Penticton brewery has won gold. Tin Whistle Brewing Company won the medal in the fruit beer category with its Pinot Noir Raspberry Blonde at the 2016 B.C. Beer Awards and Festival. The beer is an unfiltered blonde

More thefts from businesses

Oct 19, 2016 / 8:00 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Penticton businesses and homes have experienced more thefts than usual in the past week. A laptop and jewelry were stolen during a break-in at a residence on Roy Avenue in Penticton early in the week. Cpl.

Helping refugees in Greece

Oct 19, 2016 / 4:35 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer A Summerland resident is presenting a first-person account of helping refugees in Greece at the Penticton Museum and Archives next week. Lesley Vaisanen spent six weeks helping refugees on the Island of Lesbos