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

Lines down overnight

Sep 15, 2019 / 6:50 am

Photo: Google Street View Downed power lines closed Highway 6 in Lavington overnight. Lines were reported down after midnight, according to DriveBC, between Springfield Road and Noble Canyon Road. Traffic was detoured via Springfield

Fall winefest almost here

Sep 14, 2019 / 10:00 am

Photo: Contributed There's a chill in the morning air, and the leaves are starting to turn colour – which means the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival is just around the corner. The festival is now in its 39th year, and will

Lumber crisis: MLAs fired up

Sep 13, 2019 / 1:53 pm

Photo: Pixabay Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson is taking aim at the governing NDP as Kelowna's Tolko sawmill is the latest to be hit by a crisis sweeping B.C.'s lumber industry. Vernon-based Tolko Industries announced the indefinite

Late-night fire doused

Sep 13, 2019 / 6:55 am

Spec tax a job killer: CHBA

Sep 12, 2019 / 1:20 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester Ella project in downtown Kelowna. As B.C.'s finance minister touted a $115 million windfall from the real estate speculation tax on Thursday, the local home builders association is singing a different tune. The

Sports sweetheart marries

Sep 11, 2019 / 5:06 pm

Photo: Facebook Kelowna's sports sweetheart has tied the knot. Olympic gold medallist Kelsey Serwa married longtime boyfriend and fiance Stan Rey on Saturday. The outdoor wedding took place in the alpine at Big White Ski Resort. It

Drinks at drunk driving trial

Sep 11, 2019 / 4:23 pm

Photo: RCMP Your own drunk driving trial is not a good place to be hammered. North Vancouver RCMP reminded Wednesday: "Make sure you're sober when you leave your drunk driving trial." A 57-year-old woman appeared in court

Your say on city's future

Sep 9, 2019 / 6:15 pm

You can help shape Kelowna's future – by giving input at a series of city expos. The Kelowna 2040 expositions will guide how and where the city grows over the next 20 years. That growth is defined by documents such as the

Water - don't waste a drop

Sep 9, 2019 / 4:10 pm

Photo: Google Maps Delegates to the Okanagan Basin Water Board's annual general meeting in Kelowna Friday hammered home the message that all our water is connected. The theme was ‘One valley. One water’ says board chair

Work to close boat launches

Sep 9, 2019 / 2:54 pm

Photo: Contributed Repairs have begun that will close two Central Okanagan boat launches. Work began Monday at the boat launch and dock at Killiney Beach Community Park at the end of Hodges Road.  It will wrap up Friday. The



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