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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

Project closes Pebble Beach

Jan 19, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Photo: RDCO A $3.5-million construction project at the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant will close Pebble Beach Park for the next couple of months. Work has begun on an expansion of the plant's outfall into Okanagan

First Nation foodie TV

Jan 16, 2018 / 8:03 pm

Photo: Quest Out West Wild Food A second season of the documentary series Quest Out West Wild Food is returning to the Okanagan. The season launches Thursday, Okanagan Film Commissioner Jon Summerland says. The TV show airs

After-school bus damaged

Jan 10, 2018 / 4:17 pm

The operator of a Kelowna karate school is angry and depressed after one of its buses was vandalized. Rodney Hobson Karate Academy was closed over the Christmas break, and its vehicles were left parked behind the Rutland Road storefront. Surveillance

Broken Ladder scores gold

Jan 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: BC Tree Fruits BC Tree Fruits has won North American recognition for its Broken Ladder cider. Its Apples & Hops cider won a gold medal at the North American Cidercraft Awards.   Announced Thursday, the awards

That's some frosty web

Jan 4, 2018 / 6:30 pm

Photo: Crystal Morris In Charlotte's Web, the spider wrote: "Some Pig." But if Wilbur were around in Kelowna, the pig might say that's "Some Web." Kelowna resident Crystal Morris walked out her door in

Gold medal pints and plates

Jan 4, 2018 / 10:32 am

Photo: Gold Medal Plates The Canadian Culinary Championships has added Gold Medal Pints to its repertoire. Brewers were invited to pour at regional events leading up to the championships Feb. 2 and 3 in Kelowna. Those beers will then

House gutted in fire

Dec 27, 2017 / 9:45 am

Josh Winquist UPDATE : 9:45 a.m. Firefighters were called to an early morning house fire in Vernon.  The blaze broke out about 5:30 a.m., on Highway 97, across Hospital Hill from Vernon Jubilee Hospital.  No one was hurt, but

Top chefs to compete

Nov 29, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed The lineup has been chosen for this February's Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna. As Canada's Olympic athletes get set for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, so are the 11 chefs who will face off

Poverty road show on way

Nov 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: cwp-csp.ca A provincial poverty reduction strategy tour will make a stop in Kelowna. The series of public meetings will begin in Victoria on Nov. 27. It will continue in communities across the Interior, stopping in Kelowna Jan. 19.

Live like a millionaire

Nov 23, 2017 / 9:00 pm

You could live like a millionaire in West Kelowna – and support the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. The prize home in this year's charity Millionaire Lottery is at Paradise Estates on West Bay Road in West Kelowna. It's
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