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Jon Manchester
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250-860-5050 ext: 118
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

Overhaul for Peanut Pool

Jan 28, 2022 / 11:36 am

Photo: City of Vernon Greater Vernon Recreation Services wants your feedback on an overhaul for East Hill's Peanut Pool. A survey is now open at EngageVernon.ca to gather feedback on a conceptual design to revitalize the Lakeview Park

Reopen events: chamber

Jan 28, 2022 / 10:24 am

Photo: Contributed The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is urging the reopening of B.C.'s events sector. The chamber has written to Health Minister Adrian Dix, Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon, Tourism Minister Melanie Mark and local MLA

Outbreak at Lumby LTC

Jan 28, 2022 / 10:12 am

Photo: AgeCare Interior Health is reporting a new COVID-19 outbreak at a North Okanagan long-term care facility. The outbreak was reported Jan. 25 at Monashee Mews in Lumby. It is limited to the second floor. Outbreaks have also been

Changing face of homeless

Jan 28, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Jon Manchester The director of housing at Vernon's Turning Points Collaborative Society says issues surrounding crime, homelessness and drug use in downtown Vernon are not as simple as pointing a finger at the outreach and shelter

New hall coming soon

Jan 27, 2022 / 2:47 pm

Photo: Contributed Construction is expected to begin early next month on Coldstream's new community hall and child-care facility. The building will go up on the former site of the Coldstream Women’s Institute Hall. Sawchuk Developments

Trestle work at Kal Lake

Jan 27, 2022 / 2:28 pm

Photo: Google Street View Work on a Coldstream landmark may tie up traffic this weekend. CN Rail will be replacing ties on the Kalamalka Road trestle bridge near Kalavida Surf Shop and Kal Lake Beach. The work will take place from 7 a.m.

New face of the DVA

Jan 27, 2022 / 1:46 pm

Photo: Contributed There's new – and familiar – face at the helm of the Downtown Vernon Association. The DVA announced Keelan Murtagh as its new executive director on Thursday. Murtagh moved to Vernon from the Kootenays

A 'new era' for Armstrong

Jan 27, 2022 / 1:27 pm

Armstrong's mayor calls a new city hall "another step forward" in the city's history. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for what Mayor Chris Pieper called "a new era" for Armstrong. "We look forward

Missing woman located

Jan 27, 2022 / 12:44 pm

Photo: RCMP UPDATE: 12:45 p.m. Vernon RCMP say a woman reported missing this morning has been located. Police say she is safe and well. ORIGINAL: 10:10 a.m. RCMP are seeking the public's help to locate a missing Vernon woman. Kirstina

Monashees changes hands

Jan 27, 2022 / 12:26 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester The largest private liquor store in the North Okanagan is changing hands. Otter Co-op, based out of Aldergrove has purchased Vernon's Monashees liquor store. Otter CEO Jack Nicholson confirmed the deal Thursday. The
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