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

Soupateria going strong

May 27, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer This is the first in a monthly series featuring the charities and nonprofits recognized by Penticton’s 100 Women Who Care. Four times a year, the group meets to award three local charities a monetary grant. Penticton's

Anxiety at the yacht club

May 26, 2017 / 3:05 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Members of the Penticton Yacht Club are keeping a close eye on rising levels of Okanagan Lake. "I've never seen anything like this before," said Gary Stene, the manager of the marina. "It's

Fire on Haynes Ranch

May 26, 2017 / 10:16 am

Photo: Oliver Daily News Oliver firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from an old barn early Friday morning. The call came in about 5 a.m., smoke coming from the Haynes Ranch barn on Road 22, according to Rob Graham, spokesman

Pedal to work next week

May 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Getting ready for last year's bike week Bike riders are being invited to participate in several days of activities in Penticton next week. The Penticton & Area Cycling Association is hosting the city's

Baldy marathon coming

May 25, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Organizers of the 2017 Baldy Marathon are eager to get word out about the event. On Oct. 1, Baldy Mountain will be hosting a scenic run through wine country in Oliver. The marathon race fee includes full entry

Cyclist hit at intersection

May 25, 2017 / 5:16 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer A male cyclist sustained some bruises and scrapes after being hit by a pickup at White Avenue and Martin Street in Penticton, Thursday afternoon. Emergency crews responded to the incident, which took place just

Lake creeps towards homes

May 25, 2017 / 2:43 pm

Naramata flooding Photo: Erin Tilley A swamped home in Naramata Photo: Erin Tilley Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Mill Road Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Naramata waterfront Photo: RDOS Raw water pump house at Wharf Park 1

No Monsanto March

May 20, 2017 / 9:30 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer The Penticton organizers of the annual March against Monsanto won't be holding the walk this year. "We at Locals Supporting Locals are very proud to have organized Penticton’s Marches Against Monsanto

Penticton flood watch

May 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Colin Dacre The City of Penticton is advising the public that water levels in Okanagan Lake have triggered flood mitigation plans. Officials are working with Emergency Management BC and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

Block party on Ellis St.

May 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer The Downtown Penticton Association is hosting a block party on Friday, May 26 on Ellis Street. The “Ellis on the Rise” party kicks off at 5 p.m. with live entertainment, activities and beer gardens, running