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

More $10 daycare coming

Dec 3, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: BC Gov't More $10-a-day child-care spaces are coming to the North Okanagan. Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu says families will save money on child care as local operations become $10 ChildCareBC sites where fees are capped

Carnival tix going fast

Dec 2, 2022 / 5:00 pm

Photo: Castanet Staff Ticket sales at the Vernon Winter Carnival office Friday. Ticket sales for Vernon Winter Carnival events got off to a busy start on Friday. Carnival society executive director Vicki Proulx says first-day sales have

Police tight-lipped on fire

Dec 2, 2022 / 2:00 pm

Photo: Gordon Cole It has been two weeks since a fire caused the closure of Vernon's Canadian Tire store, and police say the incident remains under investigation. The early morning Nov. 19 fire was deemed suspicious two days later by

T-bone collision downtown

Dec 2, 2022 / 1:40 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester When a three-quarter-ton pickup and compact car collide, it's not difficult to tell who wins. A Chevy Silverado 2500 and Hyundai Accent met by accident in a T-bone collision at the intersection of 33rd Street and

Missing man in Vernon area

Dec 2, 2022 / 9:40 am

Photo: RCMP Vernon RCMP are seeking the public's help in locating a missing man believed to be in the area. Tyler James Quinn, 30, was last seen Nov. 27 at the location where he had been staying in Vernon. Quinn is described as: Caucasian,

Longtime local Dr. passes

Dec 2, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Family photo A longtime Vernon doctor who served thousands of patients over a 46-year local career in medicine has died. William (Will) Cawkell passed away Nov. 19. He was 84. He and wife of 59 years Diane came to Vernon in 1968. Cawkell

'Blown away' by students

Dec 2, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Jon Manchester If the excitement in the room was any indication, we are in good hands. Dozens of youth teams crowded the Vernon Recreation Centre auditorium Thursday for Vernon's first Climate Action Ripple Effect (CARE) summit. The

Outdoor rink is back

Dec 1, 2022 / 6:00 pm

Photo: CSRD Columbia Shuswap Regional District has partnered with the Shuswap Trail Alliance to open the outdoor skating rink at Sorrento-Blind Bay Community Park. The partnership will also allow for snow clearing of a popular walking path

Grisly carcass discovery

Dec 1, 2022 / 1:09 pm

Photo: Castanet Staff Click here to view gallery Photo: Castanet Staff Photo: Contributed A Vernon woman came across a shocking sight near a pullout on Highway 97 south of Vernon. Kiara Shillington made the "awful discovery"

Bilks investors, buys home

Dec 1, 2022 / 12:26 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester Alberta Securities Commission website. An Alberta man faces discipline from the Alberta Securities Commission after he used investor's money to buy himself a home in Vernon. In a decision issued Nov. 7, the commission



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