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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

Kids - you want this ticket

Jul 13, 2018 / 7:45 pm

Photo: Contributed This is the kind of ticket you don't mind getting. Kelowna cops and bylaw officers are handing out "tickets" to kids this summer to promote safe cycling. Youngsters spotted following the

Buzz for Pollinator Picnic

Jul 11, 2018 / 7:15 pm

Photo: Bob Lalonde Buzz is growing about UBC Okanagan's Pollinator Picnic. Kelowna’s bee ambassador program has so far convinced more than 350 residents and businesses to plant bee-friendly gardens. “These amazing

Linked to other assaults?

Jul 9, 2018 / 6:08 am

Photo: RCMP Police in B.C. and Alberta are investigating whether a man convicted in a Fort St. John sexual assault may have been connected to similar unsolved cases. Randolph Byron Dunlop, 60, of Grande Prairie, Alta., was found guilty

Summer FEST set to rock

Jul 9, 2018 / 6:08 am

Photo: Contributed Skateboarding, BMX, live music – and free food – are sure to draw crowds of young people to Summer FEST. The free festival for youths and young adults takes place July 14 at Swalwell Park in

Big donors keep kids rolling

Jul 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Beep! Beep! All aboard the new Boys and Girls Club bus! The Colin and Lois Pritchard Foundation and Kelowna Rotary Clubs have donated $75,550 to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs for the purchase of a new 24-passenger

Firefighting class, hot stuff!

Jul 6, 2018 / 10:24 am

Photo: RDCO Rutland Secondary School has wrapped up its first ever firefighting class. The school collaborated with the Joe Rich Fire Department and Regional District of Central Okanagan – and all involved are calling

Slopestyle takes flight

Jul 4, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Big White Click here to view gallery Photo: Big White Photo: Big White Photo: Big White Photo: Big White Photo: Big White   Athletes have started arriving and practice has begun at Big White for the resort's first Invitational

Butterflies for hospice

Jul 3, 2018 / 10:25 am

Photo: Contributed Five hundred butterflies will be released during the Central Okanagan Hospice Association's Butterfly Effect event on July 15. The sixth annual event will take place at Falcon Ridge Farms from 10 a.m. to

Order honour for Hamilton

Jun 29, 2018 / 3:25 pm

Photo: Facebook A Central Okanagan woman has been named an officer of the Order of Canada. Deanna Hamilton is among 99 new members of the order announced Friday. Hamilton was named to the order as a "promoter of First Nations fiscal

Deaths deemed homicide

Jun 29, 2018 / 10:30 am

Photo: RCMP UPDATE: 10:30 a.m. Police investigators on Vancouver Island say they are treating the deaths of two sailors reported missing last month as homicides. Insp. Dave Hall says positively identifying Daley, who was 43, and Archibald,
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