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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

Kelowna's fastest street car

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:22 am

Photo: Ken Reid/Greystoke Photography So, you think you're fast? Here's your chance to prove it. Thunder Mountain Raceway brings back Kelowna’s Fastest Street Car Shootout this weekend. The event runs from Friday to Sunday

Spot the real handgun

Jul 19, 2017 / 9:35 am

Photo: RCMP Can you tell the difference between a real gun and a fake one? North Vancouver RCMP had to make that judgment call when officers attended a domestic dispute. They noticed a handgun in plain sight on the couch beside one of

Late-night fire closes hwy

Jul 18, 2017 / 8:20 am

UPDATE: 8:20 a.m. A cause of a fire which threatened an apartment building on Thayer Court in Kelowna is under investigation. The fire, which started in brush and a tree above Highway 97 near Burtch was moving up an embankment toward an apartment

Preparing to evacuate

Jul 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: CTV Thousands of British Columbians are currently evacuated as wildfires rage across the Central Interior. But thousands more wait anxiously on alert. They could be forced to leave on short notice. ‚ÄčIn such stressful circumstances,

Fire starter speaks

Jul 11, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Katherine Watson Start of the Water's Edge fire as it climbed up side of building. The man who started a catastrophic blaze that destroyed an almost-finished condo building under construction in Kelowna says he did everything

Stabbing in Kamloops

Jul 10, 2017 / 9:09 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester A Kamloops man is recovering in hospital from a stabbing early Monday. About 5:30 a.m., RCMP responded to a complaint of a stabbing in which a 31-year-old male took himself to Royal Inland Hospital. His injury

YLW: polo to planes

Jul 8, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: YLW From polo to planes... The City of Kelowna has acquired a Bulman Road property currently leased by the Okanagan Polo Club as future expansion land for Kelowna International Airport. The 4440/4444 Bulman Rd. property is

Buildings lost to fire

Jul 7, 2017 / 7:52 pm

Photo: Jackie Jeppesen UPDATE: 7:55 p.m. The fire has grown to 1000 hectares in size. "The blaze has had considerable growth. We haven't been able to get near it because of the huge amount of smoke," said Kevin Skrepnek,

US quake felt in Okanagan

Jul 6, 2017 / 6:31 am

Photo: USGS Kelowna residents weren't dreaming if they felt the earth shake late Wednesday. Castanet received numerous reports of a possible earthquake that was felt between 11:30 p.m. and midnight. The likely cause, a 5.8 magnitude

More leaving for surgery

Jul 4, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Thinkstock.com More Canadians are leaving the country for medical care, a new study finds. An estimated 63,459 Canadians travelled abroad for medical care in 2016 – up nearly 40 per cent over the previous year, the Fraser