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

Coldstream eyes 3.5% hike

Feb 26, 2020 / 3:51 pm

Photo: Google Street View Coldstream residents are looking at a potential 3.5 cent municipal tax hike this year. But, a final decision was deferred by council this week, to consider a request to contribute $50,000 towards a roof for the

$50K for Falkland rink

Feb 26, 2020 / 11:54 am

  Photo: Kraft Hockeyville The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is chipping in $50,000 to put a roof over Falkland's outdoor skating rink. The upgrade will increase the length of the skating season and also provide

Compactor up in flames

Feb 26, 2020 / 6:24 am

Photo: Jon Manchester/file A cardboard compactor went up in flames in Kelowna overnight in what has been deemed a suspicious fire. About 11 p.m., the Kelowna Fire Department dispatch centre received a fire alarm signal from a retail

Mission needs your help

Feb 26, 2020 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Time is running out to get in on the Upper Room Mission's spring raffle.  “We’ve had good traction on this raffle so far,” says general manager Naomi Rouck. “However, several tickets remain

Seedy Saturday on the way

Feb 26, 2020 / 5:00 am

Photo: Facebook Spring is just around the corner, and green thumbs are getting itchy fingers. But Vernon gardeners can get a jump start on the season at Seedy Saturday. The Sustainable Environment Network event takes place March 21 at

Brokerage adds Salt

Feb 25, 2020 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Vernon real estate veterans Lisa Salt and Gord Fowler have started a new Re/Max sub-brokerage that will open on March 5.  Located at the current Re/Max office on 27th Street, Re/Max Vernon Salt Fowler will feature

Players take on coaches

Feb 25, 2020 / 6:00 pm

Photo: Contributed It's players versus coaches Friday night – in memory of a Vernon volleyballer whose life ended too soon. The Emily Dahl Foundation event will see SKY Volleyball Club members take part in their annual Coaches

Roof sought for outdoor rink

Feb 25, 2020 / 12:57 pm

Photo: Contributed Proponents are seeking $50,000 from the District of Coldstream to put a roof over a Lavington ice rink. The Lavington Community Association asked Coldstream council on Monday to support its efforts to place a

Plan on track for Kin

Feb 25, 2020 / 12:18 pm

Photo: Castanet Staff A vision for Vernon's former Kin Race Track lands may still be a long way off – but it's starting to come into focus. Timelines have been established to develop a plan for the vacant site, which was the

The band will play on

Feb 25, 2020 / 11:43 am

The Vernon Girls Trumpet Band's triumphant return to the recent Vernon Winter Carnival has been captured for posterity. Rhythm Productions has edited together a video of the band's performances at the 60th anniversary carnival. "Rhythm



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