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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

Goldilocks summer?

Jul 2, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Ed Burke The Okanagan appears to be heading for a "Goldilocks" summer, according to the Okanagan Basin Water Board. In a report to the board, executive director Anna Warwick Sears says Environment Canada projections point

New hangout a safe space

Jul 1, 2022 / 9:00 am

Photo: Jon Manchester A downtown Vernon textile shop has become a safe space for all. Sally Snarf didn’t know Furhouse was becoming a safe space for the LGBTQ2S+ community until drag performer Toddy of 'Call Me Mother' told

Flag flies after all

Jul 1, 2022 / 8:16 am

Photo: City of Kelowna The Maple Leaf will fly after all at Kelowna City Hall this Canada Day. Following news Thursday that the Canadian flag wouldn't be on display due to a problem with the flag-raising mechanism, the City of Kelowna

Anti-mural petition leads

Jul 1, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Turning Points Duelling petitions both for and against some controversial murals planned for downtown Vernon have been active for a month now. And it appears quite clear where residents stand. Almost 4,000 people have added their

Spall deactivates EOC

Jun 30, 2022 / 2:11 pm

Photo: Township of Spallumcheen The Township of Spallumcheen has deactivated its Emergency Operations Centre as flood fears have receded. In a press release Thursday afternoon, the township says Stepney Road is now fully open to traffic. "The

Kin Beach advisory lifted

Jun 30, 2022 / 1:53 pm

Photo: Exploratory Glory CC A water quality advisory has been lifted for Vernon's Kin Beach. The advisory had been issued last week due to elevated bacterial counts. The City of Vernon rescinded the advisory Friday, just in time for

Missing man in Valley?

Jun 30, 2022 / 1:39 pm

Photo: RCMP RCMP are seeking the public's help in locating a man known to frequently travel between Kelowna, Enderby, and Vernon. Clayton Digger Beaudry has been reported missing and was last seen in Kelowna on June 16. Beaudry is

Multi-vehicle pileup on 97

Jun 30, 2022 / 1:27 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester A multi-vehicle crash backed up traffic at one of Vernon's busiest intersections on Highway 97 Thursday afternoon. Two pickup trucks and a compact SUV collided about 1 p.m. at the intersection of 32nd Street and

Fuel shortage widens

Jun 30, 2022 / 12:31 pm

Photo: Contributed A B.C. Interior fuel shortage first reported in Kamloops and then Kelowna is spreading to Vernon. Hand-written signs were taped up on the gas pumps at the Middleton Way 7-Eleven Petro-Can station on Thursday. The signs

Tirecraft founder passes

Jun 30, 2022 / 12:08 pm

Photo: Contributed A notable Vernon businessman, volunteer and former citizen of the year has died. Jacob (Jack) Peters passed peacefully on June 23 in Vernon Jubilee Hospital, at the age of 87. His death came exactly one week after receiving
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