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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

Your say on transportation

Nov 18, 2018 / 7:08 am

Photo: City of Kelowna Central Okanagan and Vernon residents are urged to complete surveys asking about their travel habits. Thousands of households were randomly selected by mail to participate in the 2018 Okanagan Travel Survey, and their

Grinch meets Scrooge

Nov 18, 2018 / 7:07 am

Photo: Contributed A little Grinchy, a little Scroogey, and a whole lot fun. Theatre Kelowna Society presents A Seussified Christmas Carol at the Mary Irwin Theatre, Nov. 22 to Dec. 2. You may be familiar with Charles

UBCO tech women shine

Nov 18, 2018 / 7:06 am

Photo: UBCO Women make up 20 per cent of the high-tech workforce in B.C., far less than the national average. But three young women at UBC Okanagan are changing that statistic. Emily Medema, Angie Pinchbeck and Marlie Russell have

Don't nix it, fix it!

Nov 13, 2018 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Don't chuck that thingamajig – fix it – at the Repair Cafe. Got a broken household item you’re not sure how to fix? Bring it to the Repair Cafe at Okanagan College on Nov. 17, where volunteers

Spend most, get the least

Nov 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

Canada is among the highest health-care spenders, yet ranks near the bottom for service availability, according to a new study. The Fraser Institute report finds that despite spending more on health care than the majority of developed countries

Ending 'us' and 'them'

Nov 12, 2018 / 6:15 pm

Advocates say the time has come to end the "us" and "them." People experiencing homelessness are just that – people. To help shift the dialogue, Journey Home is holding a special event to reflect on individual stories

Tree hack job 'disaster'

Nov 12, 2018 / 3:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Heavy handed pruning at a Kelowna shopping centre has tree lovers up in arms. "This is the worst example of landscape maintenance I have ever seen," says Melba Reid, president of the Okanagan Master

Innkeeper's Gala is back

Nov 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed The "holiday event of the season" is back in support of the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation. The iconic Innkeeper’s Gala at Hotel Eldorado returns Nov. 24, continuing a 29-year tradition. Proceeds

Bells to toll 100 times

Nov 9, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Mission Hill Winery The bells of Mission Hill Family Estate Winery will toll 100 times as the sun sets on Sunday. The ringing will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War and is part of a nationwide effort by the Ladies

Gaming for sick kids

Nov 8, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Gamers – of the board and video kind – came together over the weekend to raise money for BC Children's Hospital. Sixty adults and 11 children got together to participate in the fourth annual 24-hour board
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