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

Springfield fire doused

Aug 13, 2020 / 6:48 am

Photo: Dillon Schur UPDATE: 6:47 a.m. The Kelowna Fire Department says a grass fire on the 2200 block of Springfield Road was quickly extinguished this morning. Fire crews were alerted to the fire about 5 a.m., and upon arrival,

Hwy closed near Revelstoke

Aug 13, 2020 / 6:35 am

Photo: DriveBC The Trans-Canada Highway is closed this morning near Revelstoke. DriveBC reports a vehicle incident has closed the highway in both directions at the Boulder Mountain avalanche gate six kilometres west of the city. There

Cheers to COVID-19?

Aug 13, 2020 / 4:00 am

If you're reading this while sipping a cold brew, you may already know the following to be true: We're all drinking a lot more since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Be that because more of us are out of work and simply have more time to

The queen of calm

Aug 12, 2020 / 8:00 pm

Photo: Contributed A Vernon dentist's cutting-edge "relaxation suite" was inspired by her own father's battle with cancer. Created by Dr. Lise Kalinski, the suite's treatment tools were designed for her dental

IPE takes 'gap year'

Aug 12, 2020 / 1:43 pm

Photo: IPE The manager of Armstrong's Interior Provincial Exhibition is calling 2020 a "gap year." Yvonne Paulson says IPE staff are busy "Covid’izing" ... and "When we do return to the 'new normal' we

3 more flights exposed

Aug 12, 2020 / 11:11 am

Photo: CTV/Chopper 9 Three more Vancouver flights have been flagged for possible COVID-19 exposure by the BC Centre for Disease Control. The flights were Air Canada Flight 119 from Toronto to Vancouver on July 24; WestJet Flight 186

Two dead in sinking

Aug 12, 2020 / 7:47 am

Photo: marinetraffic.com Two people are confirmed dead in the sinking of a fishing boat off Vancouver Island on Tuesday. A third man was rescued after being found in a lifeboat, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. CTV News reports the

50 years as a realtor

Aug 12, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Joe Pearson knows a thing or two about real estate. He should, after all – he's been a realtor for 50 years. Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board president Kim Heizmann recently awarded Pearson with a long-service

Algae filling Shuswap Lake

Aug 11, 2020 / 1:56 pm

Photo: CSRD Authorities are monitoring an algae bloom that has filled most of the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake. Interior Health is working with the Ministry of the Environment, First Nations Health Authority, City of

Airlifted to hospital

Aug 11, 2020 / 12:03 pm

File photo: Jon Manchester A medevac helicopter was called to the Six Mile Creek area of the North Westside following a fall from a height at a home on Okanagan Indian Band land on Tuesday. BC Emergency Health Services received a call



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