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Jon Manchester
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250-860-5050 ext: 118
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

Your say on forests wanted

Jul 18, 2019 / 5:17 pm

Photo: Glacier Media With the forestry downturn continuing, the provincial government is turning to the public for feedback.  Minister of Forests Doug Donaldson said the government asking for local input and insight "to shape a

Pedestrian hit near Costco

Jul 18, 2019 / 4:50 pm

Photo: Contributed A pedestrian has apparently been struck at Baron and Ziprick roads in Kelowna, near Costco. Paramedics and firefighters are on scene, tending to a man whose face was bloodied. The man appears to be in his twenties or

Arrests in violent B&E

Jul 18, 2019 / 4:15 pm

Photo: Contributed Two men have been charged in connection with a violent and targeted break and enter in Kelowna, Monday. RCMP received a report of a break and enter just committed about 1:15 a.m. at a home on the 1700 block of Richter

Small industrial fire soaked

Jul 18, 2019 / 4:10 pm

UPDATE: 4:10 p.m. While some units at an industrial building were hit by water damage during a fire Thursday afternoon, fire damage was contained to just one unit.  The fire was sparked at a cabinet making shop at 3396 Sexsmith Road,

Province may help hero

Jul 18, 2019 / 6:55 am

Photo: CTV News The provincial government is looking into the case of a Chilliwack hero who needs prosthetics after trying to save man from the path of an oncoming train. In May 2018, Julie Callaghan tried to help Matthew Jarvis when his

Extreme fire danger on way

Jul 18, 2019 / 6:44 am

Photo: CTV News Rainy conditions in Victoria, Wednesday. Despite a wet start to summer on Vancouver Island, Environment Canada warns the heat will return with an elevated risk of wildfires by the end of the month. “We’re

Crowd hears from true hero

Jul 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed More than 1,000 people gathered this week to hear the extraordinary story of a heroic Jewish spy who hastened the end of the Second World War with the intelligence she discovered behind enemy lines.  Chabad

Okanagan Nation assembles

Jul 17, 2019 / 9:05 pm

Photo: ONA First Nation leaders from across the Okanagan are gathered in Vernon for the Okanagan Nation Alliance's annual general assembly. The two-day event provides Syilx Okanagan people with the opportunity to celebrate successes

Rock the Lake selling fast

Jul 17, 2019 / 8:46 pm

Photo: Contributed Tickets to Kelowna's Rock the Lake music festival are selling fast. The outdoor event runs Aug. 9-11 at Prospera Place. Organizers says the Saturday night show and three-day passes are close to selling out.   The

Instagram down - again

Jul 16, 2019 / 4:10 pm

Photo: Thom Holmes Instagram is crashing. Again. For the third time in a month, users across North America are experiencing difficulty with the social media app. Users are reporting the app is repeatedly crashing or in some cases not


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