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

Bird event takes off

Sep 23, 2016 / 12:19 pm

Photo: Contributed People interested in bird migration will have the opportunity to learn more at an event this weekend in the South Okanagan. The Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance is set to present its second Bird Migration Day

Penticton Creek restoration

Sep 23, 2016 / 11:58 am

Photo: Contributed An anniversary celebration marking the restoration of Penticton Creek is set to take place this weekend. The Penticton Creek Restoration Committee is holding the event on Saturday. It has been a year since the restoration

Big tourism boost

Sep 23, 2016 / 11:46 am

Photo: Contributed The tourism industry in Osoyoos is getting a boost from the province. The South Okanagan town is receiving $390,335 from the resort municipality initiative to support the industry. Through the initiative Osoyoos has

Dad gives son his kidney

Sep 22, 2016 / 5:45 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Jeff Treadway is best known in Penticton as the longtime owner of Jeffer's Fryzz. But recently he has gained attention for another reason, serving as a kidney donor for his 24-year-old son. "When my son

Planned power outage

Sep 22, 2016 / 3:41 pm

Photo: Contributed The City of Penticton electric utility is planning a power outage for this weekend. The outage will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, within the 1700-2100 block of Camrose Street from Industrial Avenue

Taking back the night

Sep 22, 2016 / 2:00 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Residents are being urged to stand up for safety in their community in a special event taking place in Penticton tonight. Communities Unite! Take Back the Night! is set to take place at Gyro Park, starting with sign

New arts council director

Sep 22, 2016 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed The Penticton & District Community Arts Council has appointed a new executive director. Vaelei Walkden-Brown is set to take over the position from Lynn Allin, who became executive director of the Downtown Penticton

Needle drops on Vinyl Fest

Sep 21, 2016 / 6:59 pm

Photo: Contributed An annual record fair is returning to Penticton this weekend. Okanagan Vinyl Fest, one of  CFUZ - Peach City Community Radio’s major fundraisers, is coming up on Sunday, Sept. 25. This fifth anniversary year

Nightclub no more

Sep 21, 2016 / 4:07 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer A location that long served as a Penticton nightclub has been transformed over the past year into boutique spots and residential units. Tiffany's Boutique Mall, owned by the Vassilaki family, will hold its grand

Motorhome stolen

Sep 21, 2016 / 3:40 pm

Photo: Contributed UPDATE: 3:40 p.m. The motorhome stolen from an Osoyoos property on Sept. 20 has been located. The motorhome was recovered in Oliver thanks to an alert citizen who recognized it from the media release issued by the RCMP. A