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

Rainbow crosswalk coming

Jun 24, 2016 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer The School District 67 board has voted unanimously to give a group of Penticton Secondary School students permission to paint crosswalks in their parking lot with rainbow colours. The board made the decision at a

Small fire at Heritage Inn

Jun 24, 2016 / 6:37 pm

Photo: Contributed UPDATED: 7 p.m. Fire Chief Tony Trovao said a power outage in Naramata caused the fire alarm to go off at the inn and they first responded at 3:08 p.m. They took a look around and everything appeared to be in order,

Donation helps vulnerable

Jun 24, 2016 / 3:27 pm

Photo: Contributed Parkers Chrysler Dodge Jeep stepped up to the plate this week by donating the use of a RAM ProMaster City van to the South Okanagan Women in Need Society. "We are thrilled that such a prominent Penticton business

Liquor store windows shot

Jun 24, 2016 / 3:18 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Someone shot at the windows of the BC Liquor Store next to the Copper Mug Pub in Penticton on Thursday, according to people who work in the vicinity. The damage to some of the windows could be seen at the location

Agreement honoured

Jun 24, 2016 / 2:50 pm

Photo: Contributed The South Okanagan Similkameen Protocol Agreement third anniversary was celebrated this week in Penticton. Speakers included Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, MP Richard Cannings

Cops seek hobby thieves

Jun 24, 2016 / 2:27 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer The owners of ATD Hobbies in Penticton are reeling following a brazen break and enter at the store early Friday morning. Anthony Hobbs, who owns the store with his wife Amber, said the theft happened at about 3:10

Hope yet for schools

Jun 24, 2016 / 10:03 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer It may be the eleventh hour but School District 67 trustees have voted to try to save two schools slated for closure. At an early morning meeting Friday, the board voted unanimously to apply for new Rural

Jailed for hitting girlfriend

Jun 23, 2016 / 8:00 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer A Penticton man accused of a widely witnessed assault on his girlfriend and another man will spend about four more months behind bars. Judge Gale Sinclair handed down the sentence of 127 days, taking into account

Partying with Elvis

Jun 23, 2016 / 4:35 pm

Photo: Contributed An event that showcases dozens of Elvis tribute artists is returning to Penticton for the 15th year. The Penticton Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival Society is bringing the annual Penticton Elvis Festival to the city. "Everybody

Hope for Osoyoos school

Jun 23, 2016 / 3:20 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer UPDATE: 3:20 p.m. According to board chair Marieze Tarr, the board decided to make an application for $490,000 throught the Rural Education Enhancement Fund. $108,000 is deferred maintenance cost and the rest