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

Get ready to laugh

Jun 2, 2023 / 4:00 pm

Castanet and Train Wreck Comedy present a night of comedy June 15 at Vernon's Towne Theatre. Lachlan Patterson is said to be one of the funniest comedians working today. Patterson is best known for his appearance on NBC's Last Comic

Beer machine shut down

Jun 2, 2023 / 1:25 pm

RCMP say a beer vending machine has been shut down at a Vernon apartment building. A resident of the building came forward this week with news that a machine in the laundry room of the building contained beer that could be bought for $4. While

Hold and secure lifted

Jun 2, 2023 / 12:40 pm

Photo: Darren Handschuh UPDATE: 12:40 p.m. A hold and secure at Fulton Secondary School has been lifted. Principal Mike Edgar says the measure was a precaution while RCMP investigated a potential threat. "Within a short period

Cabaret's timely message

Jun 2, 2023 / 12:00 pm

Photo: Barry Goodsell/ Kiss the Monkey Photography Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome ... sex, politics and the freewheeling days of Berlin between the world wars come to the Vernon stage in an adaptation of the much-loved musical Cabaret. Big

Ribfest a go at Ranch

Jun 2, 2023 / 10:56 am

Photo: Ribfest Details have been sorted out for the Vernon Ribfest, coming up July 7-9 at O'Keefe Historic Ranch. Organizer Elaine Gallagher says three ribbers will be taking part – Boss Hog BBQ, Gator BBQ, and Grizzly BBQ. There

'Suspicious' fire doused

Jun 2, 2023 / 8:06 am

UPDATE 8:04 a.m. The West Kelowna Fire Department responded to a report of cedars on fire this morning in the 1100 block of Concord Road in Lakeview heights Friday morning just after 6:30 a.m. "On arrival crews found a fire in a cedar hedge,

Shed goes up in flames

Jun 2, 2023 / 6:14 am

Photo: Jen Annett A shed went up in flames Thursday evening in Penticton. The structure was fully engulfed in flames in a back alley behind the 900 block of Killarney Street, off Forestbrook Drive. Fire crews doused the flames, which

Shed fire suspicious

Jun 2, 2023 / 6:00 am

Photo: Castanet Kelowna firefighters doused a shed fire Thursday evening. About 8:30 p.m., the Kelowna Regional Dispatch Centre received several 911 calls reporting the fire on the 200 block of Dougall Road. Crews arrived to find an 8x10-foot

Patio season key 'go time'

Jun 2, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: 1516 Pub & Grill Patio season is back – and local restaurants are "ready to rock for the summer." "You have to work hard in the restaurant business. In reality, this is true for all businesses. It is all

Survived terrible burns

Jun 2, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: heroeslottery.com Scott McBride was working under his truck when it caught fire. The Sorrento resident suffered third-degree burns to more than 40 per cent of his body in the 2020 accident and spent four months at Vancouver General



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