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Deborah Pfeiffer bio

After growing up in beautiful, rainy North Vancouver, I moved south to study broadcast journalism and English literature at the University of Oregon in Eugene, where it rains even more.

Needing sunshine, I moved to Southern California and worked for a time in Hollywood as a production assistant.

Eager to pursue a career in writing, I ended up working as a print journalist at several newspapers east of the big city of Los Angeles. There I covered beats including crime, city council, education and sports.

For 25 years I wrote countless stories, some happy, many sad. My love of journalism eventually led to a stint teaching my craft at different Southern California universities.

But exciting as Southern California is, I still liked BC best. So when the opportunity came to move back, my husband and I packed our belongings and reluctant cat in our car and drove north to Naramata.

I am now thrilled and happy to be on the Castanet staff, bringing stories of the Okanagan to readers.
Latest Articles from Deborah Pfeiffer

Ribfest is back next week

Jun 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Good times at last year's event Penticton Ribfest is returning to Okanagan Lake Park this summer. The event, organized by the Penticton Rotary Club, will offer a rib cook-off between four champion barbecue

Who cleans up the lake?

Jun 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer While beach cleanups of Okanagan Lake are well underway, the cleanup of the debris floating in the lake is still a work in progress. Steve Sweeney, emergency operations centre director for the Regional District of

Good bike week for RDOS

Jun 23, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Contributed With participants new and old, Penticton area residents again met the challenge, cycling over 7,500 kilometres  and preventing 1,625 kilograms of greenhouse gases from entering the environment during the recent

Wibit opening in Penticton

Jun 22, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer The Wibit inflatable water park on Okanagan Lake is opening in Penticton this weekend for its third season. "It has been a long hard spring and we are just looking forward to things getting back to normal

Rebuilding a language

Jun 22, 2017 / 2:28 pm

Photo: Contributed The Syilx Language House cohort A group of Syilx Okanagan First Nation students is celebrating the halfway mark on a remarkable journey to speaking their Indigenous language, Nsyilxcn. On Friday, students at the Syilx

Small slide in Naramata

Jun 22, 2017 / 11:51 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer A small slide in Naramata Thursday UPDATE: 11:48 a.m. Steve Sweeney, director of the RDOS emergency operations centre, said it was a small mudslide, not of huge significance. The Ministry of Transportation and

Bail hearing set for Ighani

Jun 21, 2017 / 11:57 am

Photo: Contributed The bail hearing for the man accused of attempted murder in connection to a shooting and manhunt in Oliver in April has been set for July 7. After several delays, crown prosecutor Ann Lerchs said Wednesday in

Aboriginal Day this week

Jun 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer Readying for last year's Aboriginal Day The En’owkin Centre and Okanagan School of the Arts are working together for a second year to celebrate Aboriginal Day here in Penticton on June 21. The day will

Cherry Fiesta festivities

Jun 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Ace Imagery On July 1, Osoyoos will celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with the 69th annual Cherry Fiesta. The fun begins at 7:30 a.m. with a Rotary pancake breakfast in the town square, followed by a parade on Main

Fun with dad on Sunday

Jun 16, 2017 / 3:20 pm

Photo: Contributed Discovery House's Family Fun Father's Day Picnic is happening this Sunday in Penticton. The event will include road hockey, kids games, a dunk tank and more. The goal of Discovery House is to return fathers