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

Nod to nurses in legislature

May 13, 2021 / 2:22 pm

Photo: Facebook Vernon's MLA Harwinder Sandhu was recognized in the provincial legislature this week, for National Nurses Week. Sandhu, first-time MLA for Vernon-Monashee is a registered nurse and was a patient care co-ordinator at Vernon

Cariboo travel advisory

May 13, 2021 / 12:51 pm

Photo: BC Gov't A travel advisory has been issued for the B.C. Interior's Cariboo region after more than 90 road sites have been impacted by spring freshet flooding and damage. The Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre

Shuswap 'shark' for sale

May 13, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Photo: Shuswap Shark Shack Shuswap Lake's only licensed floating bar and restaurant is for sale. The Shuswap Shark Shack is listed for $749,900 by Re/Max Crest Realty. The unique watering hole is comprised of three barges joined to

Bridge closure ends early

May 13, 2021 / 11:00 am

Photo: Google Street View A closure of the Baxter Bridge near Enderby will end earlier than expected. Following emergency repairs to the bridge last fall, closures were scheduled this week to allow for a detailed inspection. Chad Marsh,

Schneider retrial set

May 13, 2021 / 9:52 am

Photo: Contributed Natsumi Kogawa A retrial date has been set for a former Vernon man previously convicted in the death of a Japanese exchange student in Vancouver. William Victor Schneider will face charges of second-degree murder and

Tracking BC algae blooms

May 13, 2021 / 4:00 am

A major algae bloom on Shuswap Lake last year has prompted the creation of a new provincial website to help identify and track algae blooms across B.C. Last July, a massive algae bloom filled most of the Salmon Arm end of the lake, turning the

Chocnut comes home

May 12, 2021 / 11:14 am

Photo: RCMP A stolen Pomeranian has been returned to its owners. It was a heartwarming moment when the small dog was reunited with its loving family after being stolen from a yard on the 3000 block of 24th Avenue in Vernon Tuesday night. "After

Council defamation claim

May 12, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Jon Manchester A Vernon city councillor has been served with a letter from a Vancouver law firm, demanding a public apology for the alleged defamation of a former council colleague. Castanet has obtained a copy of the letter dated

True Leaf looks to future

May 12, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Lumby cannabis company True Leaf feels it is well positioned to rebound from past financial troubles. The company saw rapid growth out of the gate, securing international distribution deals, launching a line of cannabis

Insurance goes up in smoke

May 11, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: File photo A Shuswap man fears he may lose his home because the cost of his insurance has grown greater than his monthly mortgage. Jim Kerr has been on disability for more than 20 years due to crippling osteoporosis and arthritis. The


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