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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

It's election day in BC

Oct 20, 2018 / 7:37 am

Photo: Jon Manchester Voters across British Columbia head to the polls today for municipal elections. Kelowna has four candidates running for mayor, with three challengers trying to unseat incumbent Colin Basran. West Kelowna will elect

Drug trial on migraine relief

Oct 18, 2018 / 4:48 pm

Photo: Unsplash/Alexander Mils Persistent headaches getting you down? A new drug trial seeks to offer some relief for adults who suffer from treatment-resistant migraines. The clinical research study is being done by Kelowna's Okanagan

Why mess with success?

Oct 16, 2018 / 7:30 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester Bill Tieleman Proportional representation doesn't create extremism – but it does enable it, says Bill Tieleman. Tieleman, a noted B.C. journalist, political strategist and campaigner, will debate

Murder victim identified

Oct 11, 2018 / 5:50 pm

Photo: CTV/Chopper 9 UPDATE: 5:50 p.m. The 30-year-old man who was shot dead in Surrey Thursday afternoon has been identified by police.  Surrey's Sumeet Randhawa was found injured by police just before 2 p.m. on the 6700-block

Get cannabis clarity

Oct 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Jon Manchester With just over a week until recreational marijuana becomes legal across Canada, B.C. residents began receiving an informational pamphlet in the mail this past week, which answers questions many citizens may have about

Giving up right to choose?

Oct 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Wikipedia With just two weeks until British Columbians begin voting in a province-wide referendum on proportional representation, a Vancouver MLA has gone public with reasons why he feels the process could take power away from voters

Legion gives $150,000

Oct 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Kelowna's Royal Canadian Legion branch recently handed out some big cheques, just as it began to ramp up this fall's poppy campaign. Kelowna is traditionally one of the top fundraising branches across Canada, with

Firefighter hurt in blaze

Oct 4, 2018 / 11:50 am

Photo: VFR UPDATE: 11:50 a.m. A firefighter is being treated for undisclosed injuries as crews battle a fire at an apartment building in Vancouver's west end. Vancouver Fire Rescue says the now four-alarm fire is "stubborn"

Hospice marks 10 years

Oct 3, 2018 / 8:41 pm

Castanet file photo Kelowna's Hospice House has provided heart-felt care for 10 years. The hospice on Ethel Street provides end of life care and support for families, like those of Jean-Margaret Seabrook. “My mom spent

My Canvas Has Laces

Oct 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Put your best foot forward for a good cause on Oct. 20. Shoe Bank Canada's second annual charity art gala and auction, My Canvas Has Laces, will help the Kelowna-based agency to distribute more shoes to people who
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