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

Were they really married?

Apr 2, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: File photo The siblings and purported wife of a Vernon man whose mental condition required management of his affairs by the Public Guardian and Trustee are fighting over his will. BC Supreme Court Justice Terence Schultes is hearing

Tree goes up in flames

Apr 1, 2023 / 6:45 am

Firefighters responded to several 911 calls early Saturday as a large tree went up in flames in Kelowna's Pandosy neighbourhood. Crews arrived about 2:20 a.m. to find a tall tree ablaze on the 600 block of Cadder Avenue. The tree was close

Housing under microscope

Apr 1, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Jon Manchester Coldstream council will take a hard look at housing needs in the community as the entire region continues to face a housing shortage. A report to council to be considered at its committee of the whole meeting on Monday

RFP for ALC architect

Mar 31, 2023 / 2:47 pm

Photo: City of Vernon The City of Vernon has put out a request for proposals seeking architect services for Vernon's new Active Living Centre. The city says it invites proposals "to join a highly collaborative integrated project

Growth drives project need

Mar 31, 2023 / 12:07 pm

Photo: Google Maps Coldstream councillors will consider two big-ticket infrastructure projects at their committee of the whole meeting on Monday. The district sought federal grant funding in 2021 for the Aberdeen trunk sanitary sewer project,

City loses diving appeal

Mar 31, 2023 / 11:23 am

Photo: Lisa Fik The City of Revelstoke has lost its appeal of a court ruling finding it had a duty of care in a 2015 incident in which a man was paralyzed after he dove into Williamson Lake. The BC Court of Appeal dismissed the city's

Louis returned as chief

Mar 31, 2023 / 8:50 am

Photo: File photo Byron Louis has been returned to another term as chief of the Okanagan Indian Band. Louis won by just four votes over challenger Dan Wilson, with 290 versus Wilson's 286. This will be Louis' seventh term as chief. The

Call to replace lost tree

Mar 31, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Jon Manchester Residents of lower East Hill in Vernon remain upset over the loss of a large heritage tree cut down by the City of Vernon. In a letter to City Hall, 25th Street resident Tom Carlson expresses "concern and consternation"

Lumber pioneer passes

Mar 30, 2023 / 3:12 pm

Photo: Family photo An Okanagan lumber industry pioneer has died. Gerald Raboch passed March 12 in Vernon at the age of 94. Raboch was born Oct. 8, 1928, in Enderby and worked alongside his father in the family milling business, Raboch

Limit water use right now

Mar 30, 2023 / 1:45 pm

Photo: RDNO Delcliffe Water Utility customers in the far south of Vernon are being asked to immediately limit their water use. The Regional District of North Okanagan advises residents to reduce indoor and outdoor water use due a blockage



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