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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

Left speechless by gift

Aug 5, 2020 / 2:30 pm

Friends and family got together to spring a birthday surprise on a young Vernon woman, Wednesday. Mikayla Rothwell hasn't had a car in years, and has been walking across town and back to her two jobs at House of Dwarves daycare and Starbucks,

Body retrieved from lake

Aug 5, 2020 / 11:33 am

Photo: Google Maps RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating the discovery of human remains in Okanagan Lake on Sunday, near Vernon. About 7:30 a.m., a member of the public noticed the body floating offshore in the north end

Take a heritage field trip

Aug 5, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: GMA Take a heritage field trip with the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives. After several summers of popular downtown mural tours, the museum is looking farther afield. The small group tours will visit Allan Brooks Nature

Gas war starting to fade

Aug 4, 2020 / 3:37 pm

UPDATE: 3:35 p.m. Prices are beginning to climb back up after a brief gas war in Vernon. Super Save, which had been pushing the prices down, has upped its posted price to 102.9 cents a litre. At least some of the stations that had lowered

Murder charges laid

Aug 4, 2020 / 2:05 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester Police have made an arrest in conjunction with a homicide at a home near Round Lake in the North Okanagan. The BC RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit arrested Lynda Saundry, 59, who is charged with the first-degree

Storm captured on video

Aug 4, 2020 / 12:02 pm

Local videographer Francois Arseneault captured the thunderstorm that rolled through the Vernon area on camera Friday night. The storm sparked numerous spot fires, including two near Silver Star Mountain, as it thundered its way across the Southern

Visiting Dr.'s car keyed

Aug 4, 2020 / 11:29 am

Photo: Facebook An Edmonton doctor visiting Vernon with family over the B.C. Day long weekend was discouraged to find his vehicle keyed. In an email to Vernon's mayor and council shared by Coun. Akbal Mund, Param Bhardwaj says: "If

Work on new firehall begins

Aug 4, 2020 / 10:54 am

Photo: District of Lake Country Work is beginning on a new home for the Lake Country Fire Department. Site works start Aug. 10 at the Okanagan Centre Road East and Jardines Road site of the new firehall building. The purpose-built,

Targeted shooting into car

Aug 4, 2020 / 10:19 am

Photo: RCMP Ridge Meadows RCMP are investigating a targeted shooting Saturday night.   About 10:30 p.m., police responded to reports of gunshots in the area of Selkirk and 223rd Street.   The victim was in a white Hyundai

Truck yard up in flames

Aug 4, 2020 / 10:05 am

Photo: CTV News Fire engulfed a Surrey truck yard early Tuesday. The blaze, which was reported about 5:15 a.m., near the Pattullo Bridge, damaged several vehicles. One man was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation, CTV News
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