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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

Hydro offers local grants

Mar 21, 2019 / 8:00 pm

Photo: BC Hydro BC Hydro is offering community grants of up to $10,000. The utility's Vernon office has issued a press release encouraging non-profits, registered charities and community organizations in the Thompson, Okanagan and Columbia

A 'watershed moment'

Mar 21, 2019 / 5:00 am

With concerns over clearcut logging, the future of Peachland's watershed will be the focus of a community roundtable on April 4. Billed as "Peachland’s watershed moment," the Securing Our Water event takes place 7-9

Big boost for Camp Winfield

Mar 20, 2019 / 10:45 am

Photo: Contributed Vernon realtors raised more than $28,000 for Easter Seals Camp Winfield in 2018, making the local Century 21 office one of the top fundraisers in the province. Realtors from Century 21 Executives Realty raised a total

So, you think you can sing?

Mar 19, 2019 / 9:00 pm

Photo: Contributed A popular open-mic event has returned as the Okanagan Singer-Songwriter Competition. Formerly known as the Lake Country Open Mic, founder Jennifer Boal says the eighth annual event is back with

Cash for playgrounds

Mar 18, 2019 / 7:00 pm

Photo: BC Gov't Several Thompson-Okanagan schools are among 50 that will receive new playgrounds as part of $5 million in funding from the provincial government. The playgrounds will be built over the next six months and are expected

Support for 'RCMP Day'

Mar 15, 2019 / 5:00 am

Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster will deliver a box full of signatures to the legislature calling for the establishment of RCMP Appreciation Day in B.C. Foster was joined by local and federal politicians outside Vernon City Hall, Thursday,

New threat to our beaches

Mar 14, 2019 / 12:41 pm

Photo: OBWB-OkWaterWise The discovery of endangered mussels in much of the Okanagan could have a severe impact on future beach quality throughout the region. Rocky Mountain ridged mussels were found in the Vernon arm of Okanagan Lake,

Tourism: how are we doing?

Mar 14, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Tourism Vernon Tourism Vernon wants to know how it's doing. The agency is conducting an online stakeholder survey to assess satisfaction with its services. The survey asks such questions as: how familiar people are with Tourism

Who pays the most tax?

Mar 13, 2019 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Fraser Institute Canadian workers across the income spectrum – and across the country – pay significantly higher personal income taxes than their American counterparts, a new study by the Fraser Institute reveals. And,

BC stinks up waste awards

Mar 13, 2019 / 4:51 pm

Photo: BC Gov't B.C. has earned the dubious honour of two Teddy Awards from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The annual awards call out government waste. "Celebrating the best of the worst ... British Columbia (made) a


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