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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

Personality vs politics

Mar 30, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: The Canadian Press Has the cult of personality usurped politics in determining the outcome of elections? UBC Okanagan students will debate the issue Thursday evening at Kelowna's Mary Irwin Theatre. "The Donald is

Resort dream ripped away

Mar 28, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed The operators of Pinaus Lake Resort don't know where to turn. After running the mountain lake fishing camp for 30 years, Arvid and Audrey Hoglund have been forced out by the threat of a landslide. “We know

Dad, do my taxes

Mar 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kids often rely on the bank of mom and dad, but a new survey reveals more than one-third of millennials also rely on parents to help do their taxes. With tax time right around the corner, a recent ORC International Survey found 37 per

Hwy getting too clogged

Mar 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

A second crossing of Okanagan Lake is sure to be a hot topic at an upcoming series of open houses on the future of Highway 97 through the Central Okanagan. The Ministry of Transportation predicts that by 2040, the William R. Bennett Bridge

Deficit growing concern

Mar 20, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Twitter The federal Liberals were elected with a promise to spend, but a new poll by the Angus Reid Institute finds more Canadians concerned about growing deficits. As the federal government prepares to release its second budget since

Thought he would die

Mar 20, 2017 / 5:40 pm

Photo: CTV A North Vancouver senior thought he would die when he was caught in an avalanche on Cypress Mountain. Now recovering from the February brush with death, Zdenik Manhal says he thought he'd be crushed under the weight of

Dual podiums for Wurteles

Mar 20, 2017 / 3:52 pm

Photo: Contributed A Kelowna triathlon couple dominated at Ironman 70.3 Campeche in Mexico over the weekend. Heather Wurtele won the women’s race with an almost 10-minute margin of victory, finishing the swim, bike and run in

World's best travel photo?

Mar 16, 2017 / 6:30 pm

Photo: Rob Wilson A Vancouver Island photographer's stunning image of Yosemite National Park is shortlisted for travel photo of the year. Rob Wilson, 23, of Cowichan Valley made the final 10 in the Sony World Photography Awards

Scavenger hunt for 150th

Mar 16, 2017 / 10:40 am

Photo: Google Street View Peachland is hosting a scavenger hunt to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. The Peachland’s Historic Scavenger Hunt takes place between March 21 and 24 – and it's free for all ages. It's

Dancing up a storm

Mar 7, 2017 / 5:00 am

Young, aspiring dancers are spinning and twirling at the Mary Irwin Theatre during the Kelowna Kiwanis Dance Festival. The festival got underway on Friday and continues until Wednesday, with more than 600 entrants from across the