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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

Top chefs to compete

Nov 29, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed The lineup has been chosen for this February's Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna. As Canada's Olympic athletes get set for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, so are the 11 chefs who will face off

Poverty road show on way

Nov 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: cwp-csp.ca A provincial poverty reduction strategy tour will make a stop in Kelowna. The series of public meetings will begin in Victoria on Nov. 27. It will continue in communities across the Interior, stopping in Kelowna Jan. 19.

Live like a millionaire

Nov 23, 2017 / 9:00 pm

You could live like a millionaire in West Kelowna – and support the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. The prize home in this year's charity Millionaire Lottery is at Paradise Estates on West Bay Road in West Kelowna. It's

Furry, four-legged teachers

Nov 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Furry, four-legged teacher aids have moved into the classroom to help kids develop skills needed at school. UBC Okanagan’s BARK program (Building Academic Retention through K9s) has been mentoring 22 children from the Okanagan Boys and Girls

Freezing rain warning

Nov 21, 2017 / 6:38 am

Photo: VSA Hwy Maintenance Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for mountain highways in the Southern Interior. The forecaster says there is a risk of freezing rain on mountain passes as a warm front moves across

Castanet: 17 and growing

Nov 1, 2017 / 5:45 am

Photo: Jon Manchester It's a momentous birthday for Castanet today. As the Okanagan's leading news agency turns 17, we're also launching a brand-new venture – a radio station. Tune in to Okanagan Oldies at 103.9 on the

KGH parking hot button

Oct 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Castanet story on parking at Kelowna General Hospital ripped the Band-Aid off a festering issue with patients and staff. Changes have made it much more expensive for staff to use parking lots at the hospital, but Interior Health says those spaces

Familiar voices on Oldies

Oct 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Castanet Staff Okanagan Oldies is pleased to announce the hiring of three experienced on-air voices for its November launch. The sister radio station to Castanet will go on the air next month, playing the hits of the 1960s, '70s

Victim died violently

Oct 16, 2017 / 3:31 pm

  Alanna Kelly A relative of a woman whose body was found in a Kelowna orchard last week is confirming her identity. Police investigators are still awaiting the results of an autopsy to positively identify the victim. But, a relative

In search of school vandals

Oct 16, 2017 / 12:17 pm

Photo: Scott Stackhouse UPDATE: Monday noon RCMP are investigating the weekend vandalism of the front lawn at Rutland Elementary School. Police were alerted to the act of mischief on Saturday afternoon. The full extent of the damage
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