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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

Safety = respect on mtn

Feb 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

Skiing and snowboarding is meant to be fun. But, recent events including the tragic death of a snowboarder when he collided with a tree at Big White, have industry insiders concerned about safety on the mountains. Big White vice-president Michael

KFX: come and cosplay

Feb 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Organizers gave a sneak peek this week of the upcoming Kelowna Fan Experience. KFX as it's known is scheduled for March 23-25 and is produced by New Vintage Theatre. "We decided the perfect way to celebrate the fifth birthday (of) our

Big bird count is back

Feb 13, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Jack VanDyk Barred Owl The Great Backyard Bird Count is back. The 21st annual event is exactly as it sounds – participants count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the count days (Feb. 16-19),

New tiller joins milfoil fight

Feb 11, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Multi-Power Products A new, built-in-the-Okanagan rototiller will join the valley's milfoil control fleet this year. The Okanagan Basin Water Board was updated this week on its construction, which should be complete by April. Built

Feeling polyamorous?

Feb 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed More Canadians are sharing the love – just in time for Valentine's Day. Data released by the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association shows more Canadians than ever are feeling polyamorous. Perhaps fuelled

Pregnant and on the street

Feb 9, 2018 / 6:54 am

Photo: CTV Living on the street is hard enough. Being pregnant, even harder. About 130 people live in a tent city on Surrey's notorious Whalley Strip, where paramedics responded to more than 550 overdoses last year. "Being down

ICBC caps injury claims

Feb 6, 2018 / 11:26 am

Photo: CTV The B.C. government is capping injury claims to straighten out ICBC's financial crisis. Attorney General David Eby said the move will keep rates affordable for B.C. drivers. "ICBC was created to provide affordable

Show some heart for kids

Feb 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Kelowna's newest radio station is teaming up with one of B.C.'s oldest charities to support sick and special needs children. Okanagan Oldies 103.9 will hold its first radiothon this June in support of the

Big boost for Foundry

Jan 31, 2018 / 8:51 am

Photo: Contributed Let's Talk Day got a big boost with a $17,000 donation to Foundry Kelowna’s youth mental health program. The Kelowna General Hospital Foundation received the $17,000 grant from the Bell Let’s

Cops walking the beat

Jan 30, 2018 / 4:54 pm

Photo: VPD Vancouver Police are turning to an old tactic to improve safety in the Downtown Eastside. The VPD is expanding foot patrols. “In recent months, there has been a significant increase in street disorder, including violent
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