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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

Safety ambassadors at ER

Jun 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed New ambassadors will beef up safety at hospital emergency departments in Kelowna, Vernon and Kamloops. The new client service ambassador program will start next week at Kelowna General, Royal Inland, and Vernon Jubilee

Summer jobs for students

Jun 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Twitter The Canada Summer Jobs program will fund employment for 197 students in Kelowna-Lake Country this year. MP Stephen Fuhr says students can access a list of local employers partnering with the federal government by going to: Canada.ca/Canada-summer-jobs. The

Bumper year for milfoil

Jun 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Wayne Moore As Okanagan Lake recedes, get ready for more milfoil this summer. The Okanagan Basin Water Board says conditions for the invasive lake weed have been ideal this spring, meaning a larger than normal bloom is just around

Follow the nectar trail

Jun 23, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Photo: UBCO Follow the nectar trail at this weekend's Pollinator Picnic. UBC’s Border Free Bees project, organized by Assoc. Prof Nancy Holmes, is hosting the event at Summerhill Winery on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The

At risk, protection lacking

Jun 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

A UBC Okanagan professor says species at risk in Canada are not being fully protected. A new study found that in many cases, Canada isn’t following federal legislation requiring the protection of threatened or endangered species and could

Top chefs, urban flair

Jun 22, 2017 / 8:30 pm

Photo: Contributed Okanagan College junior chefs went on a shopping spree, Thursday. The food they scooped up at Urban Fare will be used to prepare hors d’oeuvres for guests at the Earth, Wind, Fire reception, Saturday at

Kelowna trio off to SHAD

Jun 22, 2017 / 7:15 pm

Photo: SHAD Three Kelowna students will attend prestigious SHAD programs this summer. A record 801 youth from coast to coast will take part in one of Canada's top incubators for youth innovation and entrepreneurship. ​Maddie Bishop from Studio9

Chance to learn and share

Jun 21, 2017 / 9:23 pm

Wednesday marked National Aboriginal Day – and downtown Kelowna's Leon Avenue was alive with music, art, crafts and activity as people of all races celebrated. A huge teepee was a focal point outside the Ki-Low-Na Friendship

Flooding: will they sue?

Jun 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Craig Reimer As Okanagan Lake slowly starts to recede, rumours are beginning to swirl about the possibility of a class-action lawsuit over this spring's flooding crisis. Whether that's just angry homeowners railing against

KF expands with WestJet

Jun 20, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Contributed KF Aerospace has just completed a five-year contract with WestJet and is expanding its operations in Hamilton and Kelowna. The WestJet contract included the following work on its fleet of Boeing 737 NG aircraft: Engineering