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

Busy year of construction

Dec 5, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: City of Vernon It's been a busy construction season in Vernon. A number of major infrastructure projects have been completed, including upgrades to underground utilities, roadways, parks, drainage, and active transportation routes.  On

BB shots fired at Askew's

Dec 4, 2020 / 2:45 pm

Photo: Contributed Salmon Arm RCMP say multiple BB gun pellets were fired at two grocery stores in the city. At least a dozen windows were damaged. About 9:20 a.m. Thursday, police received a report that the Askew’s Foods

Fulton school evacuated

Dec 4, 2020 / 2:33 pm

Photo: File photo An electrical short in the utility room prompted the evacuation of Vernon's Clarence Fulton Secondary School Friday afternoon. Principal Lynn Seed says the short caused a loud bang and set off fire alarms. Students

Invasive clams new threat

Dec 4, 2020 / 12:48 pm

Photo: CSISS Invasive fresh water clams have been found at numerous locations in Shuswap Lake. The Okanagan Basin Water Board says the discovery has prompted closer co-operation with the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society and

Toy drive at Brown's

Dec 4, 2020 / 12:08 pm

Photo: Contributed Last year's PJ Day toy drive at Brown's Socialhouse. Vernon's Brown's Socialhouse is holding a holiday toy drive to help the less fortunate this Christmas. With many not working due to the COVID-19 pandemic,

Road checks set to begin

Dec 4, 2020 / 11:00 am

Photo: RCMP Vernon RCMP will join a month-long CounterAttack against impaired driving. The local blitz of seasonal road checks will kick off Saturday, in support of National Impaired Driving Enforcement Month. Throughout December,

Lanes pause adult bowling

Dec 4, 2020 / 10:46 am

Photo: Facebook Vernon's Lincoln Lanes has shut down adult league bowling under the latest provincial health orders. "As per the latest provincial health order, all adult league play at Lincoln Lanes is suspended. Right now, our

Armstrong eyes 1% tax hike

Dec 4, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Google Street View The City of Armstrong is looking at a one per cent municipal tax increase for 2021. The city's financial plan, to be discussed at Monday's council meeting, recommends the one per cent hike, which would bring

Help Cam fight leukemia

Dec 4, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: GoFundMe Friends and family are rallying around a Vernon man battling leukemia. Cameron Lee was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia on Oct. 19. He was admitted the following day to Vernon Jubilee Hospital

Cleared in fatal standoff

Dec 3, 2020 / 3:29 pm

Photo: IIO BC B.C.'s police watchdog has ruled RCMP actions were reasonable during a fatal Shuswap standoff in January of this year. On the evening of Jan. 7, Salmon Arm RCMP received a complaint of serious mischief to property



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