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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

Revite taking shape

May 29, 2016 / 9:54 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer With paving and intersections complete at Nanaimo Avenue and Westminster Avenue, the downtown revitalization of Penticton's Main Street is taking shape. Crews are installing paving bricks around

Good times at Half Corked

May 28, 2016 / 7:04 pm

Photo: Contributed There were plenty of good times to be had at the Half Corked Marathon in Oliver on Saturday. About 1,000 people ran the 18km, stopping at 15 Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association member winery stations along the way. The

Longtime councillor dies

May 28, 2016 / 4:48 pm

Photo: Contributed Armstrong council with Ron "Sully" O'Sullivan in the back row, far right A longtime Armstrong city councillor has died. Melinda Stickney, the city's chief administrative officer, said the following

Rock out for Fort Mac

May 28, 2016 / 3:25 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer A big fundraiser for those impacted by the wildfire in Fort McMurray is happening in early June in Penticton. Okanagan Experiential Tourism Events, Barefoot Beach Resort and the Skaha Beach Club Pub and Grill are

Recogniton for cadets

May 27, 2016 / 3:43 pm

Photo: Contributed The 259 Panther Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron is holding its 74th annual ceremonial review Saturday in Penticton. The squadron has just completed an action-packed training year and several of 259's

Join half-corked party

May 27, 2016 / 1:05 pm

Photo: Contributed The Half Corked Marathon takes place this Saturday and although the race sold out back in November, the finish line party is free for spectators at Oliver Community Park. The seventh year of this event,

Fundraiser to assist deaf

May 27, 2016 / 11:41 am

Photo: Contributed A fundraiser to assist the deaf and hard of hearing, especially children with hearing loss, in South Okanagan communities is slated to take place this weekend. Local service club, Quota International of Penticton, is hosting

Centre opening on weekend

May 27, 2016 / 10:23 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer The Naramata Centre re-opens this Saturday after being closed for more than a year. The long existing facility in the heart of the village, will offer accommodations to start, with programs to be offered

Shocked they can't appeal

May 26, 2016 / 4:50 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Concerned residents say they are seeking assistance in having a special advisor, an independent third party who can report findings to the Ministry of Education, appointed to review the process used by School District

Stray gets lucky break

May 26, 2016 / 3:22 pm

Photo: Contributed A half-starved stray cat’s fate changed when AlleyCATS volunteers made it a mission to trap a semi-feral mother with her newborn kittens in Oliver. Instead, they got a street brawler they dubbed Brando. The trap