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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

Coyotes show no fear

Sep 21, 2019 / 5:00 am

Warnings are being sounded in Kelowna's North Glenmore area after coyotes have become more aggressive in the neighbourhood. One woman had a coyote try to grab her dog in her own backyard, according to posts on the North Glenmore Community Group

Water extraction opposed

Sep 20, 2019 / 4:26 pm

Photo: Google Maps Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors have taken a unanimous stand against commercial water extraction in rural Golden. The CSRD is developing a policy opposing the extraction of fresh water for commercial bottled

Ready, set ... volunteer!

Sep 20, 2019 / 2:41 pm

Photo: Contributed The 22nd annual Okanagan Volunteer Fair is set to roll on Saturday. Hosted by Kelowna Community Resources, the event will feature 65 non-profit organizations sharing how they support the community and recruiting volunteers

Searching for shotgun owner

Sep 20, 2019 / 2:09 pm

Photo: Contributed UPDATE 2:08 p.m. Kelowna RCMP are asking anyone with knowledge of the sawed-off shotgun found in the alley of the 1400 block of Lawrence Avenue Thursday afternoon to contact them. RCMP tell Castanet they were called

Strange smell closes school

Sep 20, 2019 / 12:55 pm

Photo: Contributed A Sicamous elementary school has been temporarily closed on the advice of Interior Health. The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District says in a press release that operations have been suspended at Parkview Elementary

New recycling facility opens

Sep 20, 2019 / 11:00 am

Photo: Contributed Vernon residents have a new, eco-friendly way to get rid of used motor oil. An upgraded collection facility has opened at Interior Freight & Bottle Depot on 24th Avenue, the BC Used Oil Management Association

Cougar sighting near school

Sep 19, 2019 / 2:23 pm

Photo: Google Maps Parents and residents are being warned of multiple cougar sightings in the Rose Valley area. Rose Valley Elementary School sent an email to parents advising: "RVE has received multiple phone calls reporting a cougar

Missing woman found

Sep 17, 2019 / 1:50 pm

Photo: RCMP UPDATE: Tuesday, 1:50 p.m.  After police reached out to the public for help finding Kasey-Anne Balaberda Monday, she has since been found. ORIGINAL: Monday, 5:10 p.m. RCMP are seeking the public's assistance

Assault at Kal Lake Park

Sep 17, 2019 / 12:15 pm

Photo: Contributed Vernon RCMP are investigating an alleged assault in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. The attack happened Sept. 14, during the setup for a local trail race.  Just after 1 p.m., police responded to the park

COSAR wants you!

Sep 17, 2019 / 11:15 am

Photo: Contributed Central Okanagan Search and Rescue is seeking a few good men and women. COSAR is recruiting new members and will be holding an information night, Thursday at Okanagan College's Kelowna campus. Applicants should
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