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

Busy race for council

Sep 14, 2018 / 5:50 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester It will be a crowded race for city council in Kelowna. Four candidates had filed papers for mayor by nomination deadline Friday afternoon, and 22 for council. Including school trustee candidates, “we accepted

Casino union fires back

Sep 12, 2018 / 2:09 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester The president of the BCGEU says she shares Gateway Casinos' disappointment at the failure of mediation talks last week. Gateway Casinos in Kelowna, Kamloops, Penticton and Vernon have been behind picket lines since

Zilkie throws hat in ring

Sep 11, 2018 / 10:52 am

  Photo: Contributed Jayson Zilkie is the latest to declare his candidacy for a seat on West Kelowna council. A small businessman with a degree in business administration and marketing, Zilkie aims to improve West Kelowna’s

Casino talks go nowhere

Sep 11, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Nicholas Johansen The latest round of talks between Gateway Casinos and its unionized workers has failed to reach a deal. Four days of negotiations last week failed to produce an agreement between the company and BCGEU. About 675

New shadow role for Albas

Sep 7, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Photo: Wayne Moore MP Dan Albas, right, with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Central Okanaga-Similkameen-Nicola MP Dan Albas has been appointed to a new role in the federal Conservative shadow cabinet. Albas, who previously shadowed

Fun event at the firehall

Sep 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Jon Manchester Rescue demonstrations, fire trucks, pancakes and charity come together on Sunday in Kelowna. The Kelowna Fire Department's annual open house takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Enterprise Way firehall. The

A medal for your efforts

Sep 5, 2018 / 9:35 pm

Photo: Facebook Two Central Okanagan residents are among 40 British Columbians who will receive the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers. Jeannette Mergens will receive the honour for her commitment to improving child care and

Big boost for JoeAnna's

Sep 5, 2018 / 5:02 pm

Photo: Contributed JoeAnna's House is $25,000 closer to reality after a pledge from Kelowna's CapriCMW Insurance. JoeAnna’s House will be a home away from home for families of out-of-town patients at Kelowna General

Bringing luxury to storage

Sep 5, 2018 / 10:15 am

Photo: Contributed There's storage lockers, and then there are The Vaults. A premium secured storage facility in Kelowna will be the company's second location, following the first in Calgary. Construction will begin this fall

Rise for Climate rally

Sep 5, 2018 / 10:09 am

Photo: Contributed Protesters will stage a rally outside Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr's office on Sept. 8. They'll be celebrating a federal appeal court decision tossing out the National Energy Board's approval of the



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