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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

Swap meet draws a crowd

Apr 30, 2016 / 3:05 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Vintage car enthusiasts checked out vehicles for sale and browsed through tables laden with motorcycle and car parts at a big event in Penticton, Saturday. It was all part of the 26th Annual Automotive, Motorcycle

Big turnout for yard sale

Apr 30, 2016 / 2:15 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Hundreds of people visited Naramata to shop for yard sale items, ranging from clothing to tools and more, Saturday. The annual yard sale was held at people's homes as well as at the school, Naramata Community

Legal action after closure

Apr 30, 2016 / 2:06 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff said Friday that she was horrified by the School District 53 board's decision to close Osoyoos Secondary School. The board voted 4-3 on the third reading of the school closure matter

Double fatal overdose

Apr 30, 2016 / 1:44 pm

Photo: Contributed Kamloops RCMP and BC Ambulance responded to a reported overdose call on Friday night. Officers attended the residence in the Rayleigh area of Kamloops at approximately 9:30 p.m, where a 44-year-old man and 36-year-old

War memorial vandalized

Apr 30, 2016 / 9:58 am

Photo: Rob Moffat Castanet is receiving reports of the war memorial at Rutland Lions Park being vandalized. According to Kelowna resident Rob Moffat, the upper pillar of the monument was pushed off and is now lying on the ground. "It's

Kids take to the skies

Apr 30, 2016 / 9:00 am

Photo: Contributed Penticton area children will get the opportunity to take to the skies, this weekend, thanks to an opportunity provided by local pilots. The Penticton Flying Club is hosting its annual COPA For Kids event on Sunday. "Every

Penmar Society still hopeful

Apr 29, 2016 / 7:45 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer The group that hoped to open a community theatre in the old Penmar building hasn't given up on the idea, even though the building has been sold. Kerri Milton, with the Penmar Community Arts

Tidying up the oxbows

Apr 29, 2016 / 4:43 pm

Photo: Contributed A group that has worked diligently to restore oxbows in the Penticton area is inviting the public to help with a cleanup on Saturday. The effort to get rid of garbage and weeds is part of the ongoing efforts of the

Upcycling needs new home

Apr 28, 2016 / 4:03 pm

Photo: Contributed A Penticton centre that diverts tons of useable building materials from local landfills needs to find a new home. Upcycling Centre supporters recently learned that they will need to vacate their current location

Property crime a problem

Apr 28, 2016 / 12:32 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Property crime is hammering Penticton. The city saw a 162 per cent increase in residential break and enters during the first three months of this year, according to Supt. Kevin Hewco. But, there have been