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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 jammin' at the rink

Feb 8, 2023 / 5:00 pm

Elementary school kids from across Vernon have been trying their hand at 'jam can curling' this week as part of Vernon Winter Carnival. The venerable carnival event has seen generations of youngsters hit the ice at the Centennial Outdoor

Tragic end to search for man

Feb 8, 2023 / 3:00 pm

Photo: Family photo The case of a missing Kelowna man has ended in tragedy in Vernon. Vernon RCMP confirm that remains discovered in the Adventure Bay area on Jan. 25 are those of Dillon Angle. The 32-year old Kelowna resident had been

Defrauded care home

Feb 8, 2023 / 2:15 pm

Photo: Google Street View A Vernon woman who defrauded a local care home for intellectually challenged adults has pleaded guilty. Michelle Hampton pleaded guilty in Vernon court, Wednesday. Hampton was charged in 2010 with fraud over

Vigil to mark year of war

Feb 8, 2023 / 10:53 am

Photo: Jon Manchester To mark a full year of war in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress will hold a candlelight vigil outside Vernon City Hall on Feb. 24. The vigil begins at 5 p.m., and all are welcome to show their solidarity. Feb.

Overrun with retrievers

Feb 8, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: BC SPCA Who doesn't love an adorable retriever pup? An influx of the furballs has the BC SPCA asking for help. Eileen Drever with the SPCA says: "We are hardly into the new year, and already it has been an extraordinary

Vernon woman missing

Feb 7, 2023 / 2:00 pm

Photo: RCMP Vernon RCMP are seeking the public's help to locate a missing woman. Selina Peters, 32, was last seen in Vernon on Jan. 4. Peters is described as five feet, two inches tall, 130 pounds, and has blonde hair (that may be

7% tax hike for Armstrong

Feb 7, 2023 / 12:25 pm

Photo: City of Armstrong Armstrong council is going with a recommended 7% municipal tax increase in its preliminary 2023 budget. Council met Monday to discuss the financial plan and stuck to administration's recommended increase. However,

Don't miss fireworks Friday

Feb 7, 2023 / 10:07 am

Photo: Mike Biden Get ready for the night sky to light up with a bang Friday in Vernon. Vernon Winter Carnival Society will set off a fireworks display during the Family Fun Park event Friday evening at the Kal Tire Place lower parking lot. The

Have Coffee with a Cop

Feb 6, 2023 / 6:00 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester Vernon seniors can express their concerns and get to know their local constabulary a little better during Coffee with a Cop. The seniors-focused event will be held at the Schubert Centre Feb. 22, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The

Beware those Carnival Cops

Feb 6, 2023 / 4:00 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester Paramedics are used to being the ones called upon in an emergency. On Monday, Vernon paramedic chief Scott Lequesne was the one calling for help. Lequesne was the 'victim' of colleague and Vernon Winter Carnival
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