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

She's got talent

Sep 27, 2021 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Two years after the search began, Okanagan's Got Talent has crowned its winner. The talent competition began in September of 2019, but got derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizer Peter Kaz says 144 artists

Murder victim GoFundMe

Sep 27, 2021 / 2:52 pm

Photo: GoFundMe An online fundraiser has been launched to help pay for funeral costs for a Spallumcheen homicide victim. Danyale Nasa-Dyke created the GoFundMe campaign following the shooting death of 24-year-old Dakota Samoleski on Sept.

Bail delayed in murder case

Sep 27, 2021 / 1:35 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester A man charged with second-degree murder in a Spallumcheen shooting that prompted a helicopter manhunt has had his bail hearing adjourned to Oct. 4. A decision on bail for Jevon Smith was expected Monday, but the hearing

Disc golf gets upgrade

Sep 27, 2021 / 12:38 pm

Photo: UDisc Disc golfers may want to take a break in Vernon. The City of Vernon says tee boxes at the Lakers disc golf course on Cummins Road in the Okanagan Landing neighbourhood are temporarily closed. City crews have poured concrete

Park trees coming down

Sep 27, 2021 / 12:15 pm

Rob Gibson More cottonwood trees are coming down at Vernon's Kin Beach this week. The tree removal is part of an ongoing maintenance project to get rid of trees that have become a hazard. The City of Vernon says six trees adjacent to

Father killed in crash

Sep 27, 2021 / 9:00 am

Photo: Jon Manchester A 55-year-old man was killed in a crash Friday afternoon on Highway 6 east of Vernon. The crash closed the highway for several hours as police investigated the incident, which happened about 3:45 p.m., east of Aberdeen

Greenhouse lost in fire

Sep 27, 2021 / 6:26 am

Photo: Jon Manchester A greenhouse was extensively damaged in a structure fire in Kelowna Sunday night. About 8:35 p.m., Kelowna Fire Department dispatch centre received a 911 call reporting fire at a home on the 3600 block of Bemrose Road.

New mural planned

Sep 26, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: NOAA A new mural is planned for downtown Vernon. The North Okanagan Artists Alternative and Gallery Vertigo have put a request in with the city for a mural on 31st Street. The mural would fill the south wall of the 105.7 Pure Country

Daycare for rec centre site

Sep 26, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: City of Vernon A much-needed child-care facility could be coming to the Vernon Recreation Complex area in a deal between the City of Vernon and Okanagan Boys and Girls Club. Council will consider a development variance permit on Monday

Baxter work ending soon

Sep 25, 2021 / 6:03 pm

Photo: Ministry of Transportation Structural repair work to the Baxter Bridge near Enderby is expected to wrap up in mid-October. Chad Marsh, area bridge manager with the Ministry of Transportation says: "We are getting near enough



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