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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

N. Korean missile launch

Sep 14, 2017 / 5:23 pm

Photo: File photo UPDATE: 5:20 p.m. South Korea's military said North Korea fired an unidentified missile Friday from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean. It was the second aggressive

Pallet blaze suspicious

Sep 14, 2017 / 4:11 pm

Photo: Contributed UPDATE: 4:10 p.m. Kelowna RCMP say a pallet fire early Thursday was suspicious.   Cpl. Tania Carroll says the fire spread to an adjacent residential building, but all residents were evacuated without

UBCO at bio-research front

Sep 14, 2017 / 11:55 am

Photo: UBCO Research at UBC Okanagan could revolutionize the fabrication of human tissues and organs. A new "bio-ink" may support a more efficient and inexpensive process and accelerate advances in regenerative medicine,

Riders on home stretch

Sep 13, 2017 / 7:15 pm

Photo: Cops for Kids The Cops for Kids riders are past their halfway mark and will return to Kelowna this weekend. The 25 cyclists hit the road Sept. 8 and will ride through Kamloops, Friday, on their tour of the Southern

High praise for PLK

Sep 11, 2017 / 5:55 am

Photo: PLK A Kelowna non-profit has received some high praise. Project Literacy Kelowna Society is B.C.'s oldest independent literacy organization. And on Friday it was awarded the Council of the Federation Literacy Award. The

What chamber asked Justin

Sep 9, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: The Canadian Press The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has revealed its top five requests of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The chamber is pleased by the growing number of organizations opposing proposed tax policy changes, president

No one behind the wheel

Sep 6, 2017 / 9:56 am

Photo: CTV UPDATE: Wednesday 9:50 a.m. Witnesses say no one was behind the wheel in a fatal dump truck crash in Coquitlam, Tuesday. Six people were hospitalized and one died after the truck rolled down a hill and hit three vehicles on

Water only twice a week

Sep 5, 2017 / 10:16 pm

Photo: Contributed Lake Country residents are being told to water their gardens no more than two days a week. The municipality has restricted outdoor watering as a result of no rainfall and lower than normal levels of water in upland watersheds.      Agricultural

NDP hikes ICBC rates

Sep 5, 2017 / 2:30 pm

Photo: The Canadian Press UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. B.C. drivers will pay an average eight per cent more for car insurance this year. Basic insurance will go up 6.4 per cent, and optional insurance will jump 3.1 hike, followed

Club ready to take off

Sep 4, 2017 / 6:02 am

Photo: Wikimedia Commons Always wanted to fly, but can't afford an airplane? No worries. The Kelowna Flying Club has purchased its first club aircraft. The Grumman AA5B Tiger will be on display at the KFC clubhouse at Kelowna
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