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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

City shakes up vendors

Feb 5, 2016 / 8:28 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Penticton is putting a new face on its vending program this year. Council followed staff recommendations this week in approving the changes. "We are trying to find a balance between what the community

Carmi garbage changes

Feb 5, 2016 / 1:04 pm

Photo: Contributed Homes in the Carmi Road area, east of Penticton, will start receiving curbside garbage and recycling collection as of March 4. The 87 homes have for more than 10 years been using a drop‐off depot located in the city. In

Precision apple harvesting

Feb 5, 2016 / 6:36 am

Photo: Contributed A tool that could change how and when Canadian apple growers harvest their crops is being worked on in Summerland. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers at the Summerland Research and and Development Centre and

Seniors sound off at forum

Feb 4, 2016 / 6:25 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Seniors expressed concern over matters ranging from affordable housing to health care at a well-attended forum in Penticton, Thursday. The city was one of the stops on a B.C.-wide tour by New Democrat MLAs,

RCMP/Fire give to hospital

Feb 4, 2016 / 3:21 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Penticton RCMP officers and firefighters are the latest to donate to the Penticton Regional Hospital patient care tower. On Thursday, the RCMP and fire department gave a cheque in the amount of $954 to John Moorhouse,

How else to use schools?

Feb 4, 2016 / 9:56 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer The Okanagan Skaha School District is planning a public meeting for input on alternative uses of school facilities. Input is sought on six facilities being considered for closure: Carmi Elementary,

Students try archery

Feb 3, 2016 / 7:15 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer West Bench Elementary School students were introduced to archery at a special event at the school Wednesday. The goal of the morning program, where youth ambassadors for the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games

Lacrosse players need space

Feb 3, 2016 / 2:53 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Penticton council heard Monday from a delegation of lacrosse players seeking use of city facilities, after learning staff was considering leaving the ice in. It would have meant teams that play on a

Light fading on project

Feb 3, 2016 / 10:14 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer A proposal to put up an expensive light canopy on the 100 block of Main Street is expected to be revisited by Penticton council. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said some council members who supported it in the past want

Drug arrests and thefts

Feb 2, 2016 / 2:42 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Penticton RCMP remain busy dealing with break and enters, vehicle thefts and drug arrests. On Jan. 28, the detachment's Drug Task Force arrested 29-year-old Jennifer Montgomery in Penticton for possession