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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

Headed to nationals

Apr 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Four members of the Kelowna Junior Racquetball Team have qualified to represent B.C. on the national stage. Malaya Galigan, Joey Lee, Mitchell Bell and Spencer Bell will represent the province at the upcoming Canadian

Live long and prosper

Apr 13, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Fraser Institute How old you are might influence your opinion of this story. Wealth inequality is largely a result of age, a Fraser Institute study reveals. Accumulation of wealth is a slow and steady process over a long period

Doing it right at Castanet

Apr 13, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: [email protected] Castanet is being held out as an example for media across the country to follow. Your favourite source for news, classifieds and community information received some high praise this week from John Fraser,

100 years of paying the man

Apr 7, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Fraser Institute Canadians have been paying the man for a century – the taxman, that is. Personal income tax was brought in as wartime revenue generator in 1917. Since then, it has morphed into a costly, complex behemoth

Accepting - but only so far

Apr 4, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Photo: Angus Reid Institute Canada may pride itself on its multiculturalism, but it has its limits. A new Angus Reid survey finds not only support, but also limitations to Canadians' acceptance of religions other than their own. While

Beats cancer, rings bell

Apr 4, 2017 / 4:23 pm

Photo: PRH Brenda Coffin got to ring the bell in the Oncology Department at Penticton Regional Hospital. That’s how many cancer patients celebrate the end of their chemotherapy treatment at PRH. The bell is engraved with the words:

Castanet's new home

Apr 4, 2017 / 11:00 am

Work is progressing rapidly on Castanet's new downtown Kelowna headquarters. Ground was broken in September, and the old barbershop building on Lawrence Avenue demolished. Windows are going in, bricklayers are adding the heritage-style fascia,

Lake protection welcomed

Apr 1, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Flickr/BC Gov't The Okanagan Basin Water Board is welcoming improved protection of B.C. waters from invasive mussels. “We have been working to raise awareness regarding invasive mussels since 2012," said board chair

Worry over wildlife decline

Apr 1, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed The B.C. Wildlife Federation is concerned about declining fish and wildlife populations – and is calling on the province to do something about it. The BCWF is kicking off a series of town halls across the province

Meet candidates at UBCO

Mar 31, 2017 / 1:55 pm

Photo: UBCO UBC Okanagan students are invited to meet the candidates next week. The university is hosting an all-candidates meet and greet Wednesday to encourage student interest in advance of the May 9 provincial election.  Candidates