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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

Veg out at festival

May 21, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed "Dairy is scary," say organizers of Kelowna's second annual VegFest. The May 26 festival at Immaculata Regional High School marks the final day of Vegan Awareness Week.  More than 60

Bylaw service expanded

May 20, 2019 / 1:00 pm

Photo: City of West Kelowna Bylaw enforcement in West Kelowna has been expanded to seven days a week for the summer. The expansion is in response to increased call volumes during the peak tourism season between the Victoria Day and Labour

Multicultural garden plan

May 20, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Google Maps The City of Kelowna wants to know your ideas for a new multicultural garden at Rutland Centennial Park. With construction well underway, residents are invited to share ideas on what will be included in the garden.  You

Feeling the fuel pinch

May 19, 2019 / 6:16 am

Photo: The Canadian Press Four out of 10 British Columbians say rising gasoline prices are making it harder to afford necessities. A new survey by pollster Angus Reid finds 33% of respondents are struggling to keep up with increases

Soul of Motown returns

May 19, 2019 / 6:16 am

Photo: Contributed Rann Berry's Soul of Motown Revue returns with a second show June 1 in Kelowna. “The sound of Motown, R&B, and soul music moves people," says Berry. "It moves them right onto the dance floor." The

World of Wheels is back

May 17, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Jon Manchester Peachland’s biggest event is back for the long weekend. The World of Wheels Show & Shine attracts more than 10,000 people to the Peachland waterfront every year and is the unofficial kickoff the

RCMP respond to outrage

May 16, 2019 / 11:00 am

Photo: Google Street View The RCMP says its handling of sensitive sexual assault investigations has evolved since the 2012 questioning of a First Nations teenager in Kelowna that caused ripples in Ottawa Wednesday. In an email to Castanet

Rutland ready to party

May 14, 2019 / 12:00 pm

Photo: Contributed The Victoria Day long weekend means one thing in Rutland – May Days are back. Kelowna's longest-running family festival returns Friday through Sunday at the Rutland Centennial Park. Event hours are 3

Clash of the big biceps

May 14, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Vancouver Armwrestling Club If big biceps are your thing, you won't want to miss the B.C. Armwrestling Championship this Sunday in Kelowna. The 43rd annual event takes place at the Royal Anne Hotel on Bernard Avenue. Weigh-ins

Studying fire, flood impacts

May 12, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: UBCO Researchers from UBC Okanagan, Thompson Rivers University and the University of Northern British Columbia are teaming up to protect B.C.'s forests and watersheds. A new initiative by the Interior University Research
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