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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

Don't fret over local mussels

Jul 23, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: OBWB Invasive mussels encrust a native mussel. The Okanagan Basin Water Board is reminding residents and tourists not to move a mussel. And, if you see mussels in local lakes, don't panic – it's almost certain they

3,000 dogs without licence

Jul 22, 2019 / 7:00 pm

Photo: BC SPCA There are almost 3,000 "missing dogs" in the Central Okanagan. The regional district says 2,968 dogs were licensed in 2018, but are not licensed for 2019. This means owners could be fined $300.  “Bylaw

Cops swarm over fake gun

Jul 22, 2019 / 3:45 pm

Jon Manchester UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. Police confirm a guns-drawn takedown in downtown Kelowna was prompted by multiple 911 calls over what appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun. Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says RCMP received multiple reports of

Riders conquer mountain

Jul 22, 2019 / 12:35 pm

Photo: Contributed Hardy cyclists conquered the mountain, Sunday, during the fifth annual L’Alpe de Grand Blanc. The challenging valley to village saw riders climb 60 kilometres from Kelowna to Big White. A total

Tub race breaks record

Jul 22, 2019 / 11:26 am

Photo: Twitter Sunday's Great International World Championship Bathtub Race was record-setter in Nanaimo. Justin Lofstrom came ashore in one hour, breaking his own record, set in 2016, CTV News reports.  He credited calm

Needle attack at Metrotown

Jul 22, 2019 / 11:12 am

Photo: UnsplashJair Lázaro Burnaby RCMP are investigating after an alleged attack with a hypodermic needle at Metrotown Mall Friday night. A man was reportedly threatening people around closing time at 9 p.m., although no one

Study to help homeless

Jul 22, 2019 / 10:29 am

Photo: Contributed Local researchers, academics and service providers have received $218,000 to explore improved services for the homeless. Researchers at UBC Okanagan, Interior Health, Okanagan College, the Central Okanagan Journey

Opera event cancelled

Jul 21, 2019 / 4:41 pm

Photo: Contributed UPDATE: 4:40 p.m. Organizers of the event say the Opera in the Vines concert has regrettably been cancelled. ORIGINAL: 6 a.m. Opera in the Vines returns to Mission Hill Family Estate Winery next month. The Opera

Rider crashes off highway

Jul 21, 2019 / 6:29 am

Photo: Dave Ogilvie A motorcyclist went off Highway 97 near Gorman's Mill in West Kelowna late Saturday. Emergency services gathered near the curve just before the sawmill, where the bike and rider went off the highway. The bike was

Skills park revamped

Jul 21, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: City of Kelowna Kelowna's Mission Creek Mountain Bike Skills Park officially reopens next week. With a $60,000 upgrade complete, the Hollywood Road park promises a new and gnarly experience. Over the past year, the


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