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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

More than just fixing cars

Jan 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed This is the 12th in a series recognizing businesses that took home awards from the 29th business excellence awards held by the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. A Penticton business specializing in collision

Chasing the checkered flag

Jan 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Conrad Brightman A young stock car driver from Kaleden is seeking help from the public to further his career. Conrad Brightman, 18, has entered the 2017 Search for a Champion Contest where he could win up to $50,000 in sponsorship

Happy to have Trump

Jan 20, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Unlike Washington D.C., it was quiet in the border town of Oroville, Wash. on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Several residents, however, were quick to offer an opinion of how they feel about the new president. Many said they have supported Trump

Dream festival returning

Jan 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer The Dream Music Festival is returning to Penticton for the third year this spring. The festival is organized by the Dream Cafe Co-op, and will take place on May 12 and 13 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre,

Dinner for Robbie Burns

Jan 19, 2017 / 4:29 pm

Photo: Contributed Residents are invited to gather in Penticton on Saturday night to celebrate the life of a famous Scottish poet and lyricist. The Robbie Burns Supper, held by the Penticton Scottish Festival Society, will take place at

Banned from OIB lands

Jan 19, 2017 / 2:26 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer A South Okanagan man with a long history of property theft charges and breaches of conditions was sentenced to 150 days behind bars on Thursday in Penticton court. Jeremy Hargreaves was handed the sentence, after

Icy roads cause crashes

Jan 19, 2017 / 10:51 am

Photo: Contributed Icy roads in the South Okanagan caused a pair of motor vehicle accidents Thursday morning. Capt. Peter Maliepaard, with the Okanagan Falls Fire Department, said at about 8:30 a.m., a vehicle lost control on Waterman's

Local youth has PM's ear

Jan 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed A Penticton youth has earned a prestigious spot on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Youth Council. Mac Tebbutt, a third-year engineering student at UBC Okanagan and a competitive rodeo athlete, was chosen from a pool

Fourth cougar euthanized

Jan 18, 2017 / 2:00 pm

Photo: Mike Hanley An older female cougar, who was part of a family of four seen in Penticton, was put down Wednesday morning according to the Conservation Officer Service. Sgt. Jim Beck said the unfortunate update was the female cougar

Kidnapping case proceeding

Jan 18, 2017 / 11:54 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer The trial for three men facing kidnapping charges is slowly making it’s way through the courts. Disclosure issues were discussed at a pretrial conference for John Szanto, Carey Anderson and Kerry Ellis, Wednesday