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Jon Manchester
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Jon Manchester is News Director and Content Manager at Castanet.

He has 30 years experience in journalism around the Okanagan in a variety of roles.

He's worked as a reporter, photographer, editor and manager in all three of the Okanagan's major markets, honing his craft in newspapers before joining Castanet in January 2015. Prior to that, he was most recently managing editor at The Daily Courier.

A native of London, England, he came to Canada at age 10 with his parents, moving from the bustling city to the quiet pace of Vernon in 1974.

He first picked up a camera at age 13, and his very first assignment was covering the 1984 provincial byelection in Okanagan-Shuswap.

As city editor at the Penticton Herald, he led a newsteam that won Thomson Newspapers' North American Award of Excellence for coverage of the Garnet fire in 1994.

Jon is a father of two, step-dad to one, and is married to his wife, Jacqueline.

In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, painting, being a home handyman and twisting wrenches on his kids' cars.
Latest Articles from Jon Manchester

Watching the water rise

Apr 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Alanna Kelly Freshet preparations are ramping up across the Central Okanagan. With temperatures in the mid-teens this weekend and as high as 20 C next week, spring runoff is expected to swell creeks and waterways. Emergency officials

Shocking violence stats

Apr 18, 2018 / 7:15 pm

Every six days in Canada, a woman is killed by her intimate partner. The Kelowna Women’s Shelter is reminding the public of that shocking statistic during Prevention of Violence Against Women Week (April 15 to 21). The Shelter

Close eye on rising water

Apr 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Alanna Kelly Preparations for last year's flooding. Central Okanagan residents aren't the only ones watching as creek levels rise. The Central Okanagan Emergency program, fire departments, regional parks and public

Knox to open up further

Apr 17, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Photo: Google Street View Kelowna's Knox Mountain Drive will open up further this weekend. However, Kasugai Garden Park will be partially closed. With temperatures consistently above freezing, Knox Mountain Drive will open up

Concussion - the real deal

Apr 16, 2018 / 5:12 am

Photo: Contributed An honest discussion about concussion is one of the keynote talks at BRAINx. Former hockey players Kerry Goulet and Keith Primeau of Stop Concussions will talk at the June 7 event organized by Kelowna-based BrainTrust

A toast to Tom Budd

Apr 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Facebook Kelowna philanthropist Tom Budd is being recognized for his leadership role on mental health. Budd will receive the District 21 Toastmasters Communication & Leadership Award April 20 during the organization's spring

Bunny disease on its way

Apr 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Madison Erhardt A Kelowna animal care society says it's only a matter of time before a deadly rabbit disease reaches the Okanagan. The Responsible Animal Care Society is urging all rabbit owners, breeders and meat suppliers to vaccinate

Ciderfest around corner

Apr 13, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Photo: Wards Cider The Okanagan Cider Festival returns April 28. Hosted this year at Wards Cider in Kelowna, the fun runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Up to as 20 cideries will be pouring their products, and guests can enjoy horse-drawn wagon

New president at TRU

Apr 13, 2018 / 7:30 pm

Photo: Contributed Dr. Brett Fairbairn has been named the next president and vice-chancellor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. Fairbairn taught and researched at the University of Saskatchewan for over 30 years. He is

Big White by the numbers

Apr 10, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Big White Ski Resort has closed the book on another memorable winter season. The lifts closed on Sunday, following the season-ending Slush Cup.  The season opened Nov. 23, with the wettest conditions it had ever seen, but the resort would
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