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

Jumping Beans soars

Dec 10, 2016 / 5:00 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer This is the seventh 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 unique business that offers an indoor

Dream Cafe to re-open

Dec 10, 2016 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed A popular Penticton live music venue is set to reopen in February. The Dream Cafe Co-op made the announcement this week. "It will still be the same, just tweaked behind the scenes to be more efficient," said

Trading sex to survive

Dec 9, 2016 / 1:12 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Help is just around the corner for a shockingly large amount of people involved in trading sex to survive in Penticton. The South Okanagan Women in Need Society, SOWINS, has received a federal grant to better the

Two trials for Louie murder

Dec 9, 2016 / 12:41 pm

Photo: Contributed Grace Robotti The trials for the brother and sister facing second-degree murder charges in the death of Roxanne Louie will be held separately. Defence lawyer Don Skogstad said a judge has ordered two trials for his

Christmas grief support

Dec 9, 2016 / 10:22 am

Photo: Contributed A special service for those grieving during the holiday season is taking place at a Penticton church on Saturday. The candlelight memorial service will be held at Oasis United Church, 2964 Skaha Lake Road. "It

PIB recounts the ballots

Dec 9, 2016 / 9:14 am

Photo: Contributed The Penticton Indian Band has fixed an error that occurred during this week's council election, according to a statement released by the band. While preparing the official election package for registering with band

Trees removed at park

Dec 9, 2016 / 5:00 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Tree removal is now underway at a popular Naramata park to get rid of an invasive species. The work started this week around the perimeter of Manitou Park.  "We have these invasive elms around the

Terrified of relapse

Dec 9, 2016 / 5:00 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer   Former addict Steve Busby spends his days on the streets of Penticton and nights in a homeless shelter, in close proximity to those still battling addiction. As a result, he’s quick to call the current

Supporting hungry kids

Dec 8, 2016 / 1:00 pm

Photo: Contributed A breakfast program serving hundreds of children at School District 67 schools is getting another boost on Saturday. Community groups are holding a fundraiser at the Vees game to support the program. "I really

Getting a handle on ODs

Dec 8, 2016 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Penticton remains the hot spot for overdose calls in the South Okanagan. Recent reports show there have been several in Penticton in recent weeks, with some being reported from the Oliver-Osoyoos area and fewer still