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

Big Hwy 1 delays looming

Feb 26, 2021 / 5:00 pm

Photo: BC Gov't As spring arrives, that means roadwork season is just around the corner. One of the largest projects affecting highway travellers in B.C. will be the fourth and final phase of the Kicking Horse Canyon project on the Trans-Canada

Dukhia new Growers VP

Feb 26, 2021 / 11:50 am

Photo: Facebook Vernon's Jeet Dukhia has been elected as vice-president of the BC Fruit Growers Association. Members voted four people to the board of directors on Thursday Dukhia, who farms in the BX, is vice-president, while Joginder

2 injured in rollover

Feb 26, 2021 / 8:55 am

Photo: Wayne Emde Vernon RCMP say two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in Thursday's rollover crash just south of Vernon on Highway 97. One occupant of the minivan required assistance exiting the vehicle, which landed on

Stolen puppy recovered

Feb 26, 2021 / 6:30 am

Photo: RCMP Kelowna RCMP have returned a stolen puppy to its rightful owner. Just after 9 a.m. on Thursday, Kelowna RCMP received notification that a Central Okanagan Dog Control officer had spotted a stolen puppy on Lawrence Avenue near

Compliance dips: BCSC

Feb 26, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Glacier Media More investment advisors are bending the rules in B.C., according to new data from the B.C. Securities Commission. BCSC examiners uncovered 241 compliance deficiencies in 2019 and 285 in 2020. The average deficiencies

Sport court to get makeover

Feb 25, 2021 / 8:00 pm

Photo: CSRD Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors have approved a $105,000 upgrade at Sorrento-Blind Bay Community Park. The funding will pay to resurface the asphalt multi-use playing court and replace chain-link fencing. The

Rollover accident cleared

Feb 25, 2021 / 2:51 pm

UPDATE 4:34 p.m. The accident near Clerke Road and the turnoff to the Kalamalka Lake look out has been cleared. UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. Clearer images from the scene of a rollover crash south of Vernon Highway 97 show the vehicle is a minivan. RCMP,

Bail hearing in Rise death

Feb 25, 2021 / 1:58 pm

Photo: Castanet Staff A man charged with manslaughter in the 2018 death of a Vernon woman will have a bail hearing next month. Shaun Ross Wiebe will appear in Vernon court on March 29. Wiebe, 43, was arrested in January for the death

Doggie duo needs a home

Feb 25, 2021 / 1:26 pm

Photo: BC SPCA A pair of adorable dogs that had prompted an outpouring of donations to the BC SPCA are ready to be adopted. Bonded pair Captain and Maria were starving, skinny and nervous of people when they seized by the SPCA's Salmon

Star helps 'Fill the Gap'

Feb 25, 2021 / 12:02 pm

Photo: Contributed SilverStar Mountain Resort and the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan are 'Filling the Gap' for families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership has raised more than $5,000 to help feed local


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