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

So, you think you can sing?

Mar 19, 2019 / 9:00 pm

Photo: Contributed A popular open-mic event has returned as the Okanagan Singer-Songwriter Competition. Formerly known as the Lake Country Open Mic, founder Jennifer Boal says the the eighth annual event is back

Cash for playgrounds

Mar 18, 2019 / 7:00 pm

Photo: BC Gov't Several Thompson-Okanagan schools are among 50 that will receive new playgrounds as part of $5 million in funding from the provincial government. The playgrounds will be built over the next six months and are expected

Support for 'RCMP Day'

Mar 15, 2019 / 5:00 am

Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster will deliver a box full of signatures to the legislature calling for the establishment of RCMP Appreciation Day in B.C. Foster was joined by local and federal politicians outside Vernon City Hall, Thursday,

New threat to our beaches

Mar 14, 2019 / 12:41 pm

Photo: OBWB-OkWaterWise The discovery of endangered mussels in much of the Okanagan could have a severe impact on future beach quality throughout the region. Rocky Mountain ridged mussels were found in the Vernon arm of Okanagan Lake,

Tourism: how are we doing?

Mar 14, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Tourism Vernon Tourism Vernon wants to know how it's doing. The agency is conducting an online stakeholder survey to assess satisfaction with its services. The survey asks such questions as: how familiar people are with Tourism

Who pays the most tax?

Mar 13, 2019 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Fraser Institute Canadian workers across the income spectrum – and across the country – pay significantly higher personal income taxes than their American counterparts, a new study by the Fraser Institute reveals. And,

BC stinks up waste awards

Mar 13, 2019 / 4:51 pm

Photo: BC Gov't B.C. has earned the dubious honour of two Teddy Awards from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The annual awards call out government waste. "Celebrating the best of the worst ... British Columbia (made) a

So, you want to be a queen?

Mar 13, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Wayne Emde Vernon's Queen Silver Star Excellence Program is looking for a few good women. Applications are now open for 2019-2020 candidates, says spokesperson Celine Grosch, and organizers are hoping for a strong turnout

Fed cash for boating safety

Mar 12, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Jon Manchester A major federal funding announcement is expected Thursday in Kelowna that will increase safety for boaters. Public Safety and Emergency Response Minister Ralph Goodale will announce funding from the Search

Early Years, big changes

Mar 11, 2019 / 8:00 pm

Photo: BC Gov't Change is afoot in Kelowna's early years sector. As of March 31, the Central Okanagan Early Years Partnership will cease to exist as a provincially funded initiative. Similar changes are taking place across the


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