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

Castanet: 17 and growing

Nov 1, 2017 / 5:45 am

Photo: Jon Manchester It's a momentous birthday for Castanet today. As the Okanagan's leading news agency turns 17, we're also launching a brand-new venture – a radio station. Tune in to Okanagan Oldies at 103.9 on the

KGH parking hot button

Oct 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Castanet story on parking at Kelowna General Hospital ripped the Band-Aid off a festering issue with patients and staff. Changes have made it much more expensive for staff to use parking lots at the hospital, but Interior Health says those spaces

Familiar voices on Oldies

Oct 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Castanet Staff Okanagan Oldies is pleased to announce the hiring of three experienced on-air voices for its November launch. The sister radio station to Castanet will go on the air next month, playing the hits of the 1960s, '70s

Victim died violently

Oct 16, 2017 / 3:31 pm

  Alanna Kelly A relative of a woman whose body was found in a Kelowna orchard last week is confirming her identity. Police investigators are still awaiting the results of an autopsy to positively identify the victim. But, a relative

In search of school vandals

Oct 16, 2017 / 12:17 pm

Photo: Scott Stackhouse UPDATE: Monday noon RCMP are investigating the weekend vandalism of the front lawn at Rutland Elementary School. Police were alerted to the act of mischief on Saturday afternoon. The full extent of the damage

Mixologists ready to pour

Oct 12, 2017 / 10:11 am

Photo: Contributed Some of the Okanagan's best mixologists will go head to head at the fifth annual Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery Mixoff. The annual mixoff event takes place Nov. 2 at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna. Competing

Special guest for Diwali

Oct 12, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Lieut.-Gov. Judith Guichon will be the guest of honour at this weekend's Diwali dinner in Kelowna. The sold-out event is organized by the East Meets West Children’s Foundation and is its major fundraiser

Castanet in the radio biz

Oct 11, 2017 / 11:49 am

Photo: Jon Manchester Castanet is officially in the radio business. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on Wednesday announced approval of the sale of Kelowna's The Juice FM to Avenue Radio Ltd.,

Biggest meal of the year

Oct 7, 2017 / 6:23 am

Weeks of preparation have gone into Monday's Thanksgiving dinner at Kelowna Gospel Mission. The mission will serve hundreds of guests in a sit-down meal from noon to 6 p.m.   Not only the homeless and shelter clients are welcome. The

Grass fire snuffed out

Sep 29, 2017 / 4:18 pm

Madison Erhardt UPDATE: 4:05 p.m. Emergency crews responded to a small grass fire on Campbell Road in West Kelowna, just after 3 p.m. "We responded quickly. We had three fire apparatus that attended. We found a relatively



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