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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

New marine rescue units

Aug 26, 2016 / 5:00 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer The City of Penticton is inviting the public to Skaha Marina on Friday, Aug. 26 to welcome the arrival of the city's new marine rescue units. The additions to the Penticton Fire Department's fleet come after

Challenge expo underway

Aug 25, 2016 / 4:16 pm

Photo: Contributed In addition to lining the race course to cheer on Challlenge Penticton athletes, residents and visitors are invited to stop by the expo at Okanagan Lake Park. The Athlete Village and Expo opened Thursday and

Petting zoo needs help

Aug 25, 2016 / 12:07 pm

Photo: Contributed For Andrea Buyan, running a petting zoo is a labour of love. But, she has recently realized that to continue to operate Andy's Animal Acres in the same way, she needs to turn to the community for financial aid.  "For

Farmers' market moving

Aug 25, 2016 / 10:02 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer The Penticton Farmers’ Market is packing up and moving locations. Beginning Sept.10 and continuing through Oct. 29, the market will set up on the 500 and 600 blocks of Main Street. It will be open from 8:30

Home tour for hospital

Aug 25, 2016 / 9:44 am

Photo: Contributed Penticton contractor Ritchie Custom Homes is partnering with local wineries for a Naramata Bench Charity Home Tour to benefit the new patient tower at Penticton Regional Hospital. The self-guided tour on Sept. 10 will

Skaha park rally

Aug 25, 2016 / 5:00 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer People opposed to commercial development at Penticton's Skaha Park are holding another rally. Opponents are encouraged to gather at 4:45 p.m., Sept. 6 in front of Penticton City Hall. Organizers say this

MP tours riding by bike

Aug 24, 2016 / 6:35 pm

Photo: Contributed A bike tour by MP Richard Cannings using a combination of rail trails and highways started in Nakusp today, Aug. 24. Cannings, who represents South Okanagan - West Kootenay, decided a bicycle trip through the

Missing Penticton man

Aug 24, 2016 / 3:48 pm

Photo: Penticton RCMP RCMP are requesting the public's assistance in locating a missing Penticton resident.  Dan Ross was last seen Aug. 3. Ross, 32, is described as a Caucasian male, six feet one inch tall, weighing 165

Shooting case goes to trial

Aug 24, 2016 / 1:39 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer The trial of a Penticton man facing attempted murder charges is expected to take place next year. The judge and jury trial of Matthew James Cameron is set for June 2017 in Penticton Supreme Court. The

Challenging first event

Aug 24, 2016 / 12:05 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer A gruelling run, bike, run event kicked off a week of endurance racing in Penticton, Wednesday. The duathlon was departed from the Peach on the Beach at 7 a.m., with competitors crossing the finish line on Lakeshore