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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

Fencing to make Coq safer

Aug 19, 2017 / 10:52 am

Photo: Contributed New wildlife fencing will make driving the Coquihalla a little safer. Ten kilometres of fencing will go up this fall along the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt to help prevent wildlife collisions. It will extend from

Drivers not getting message

Aug 18, 2017 / 5:51 pm

Photo: RCMP Kelowna traffic cops busted more than two dozen distracted drivers or drivers not wearing seat belts on Thursday. Officers issued 25 violation tickets in just 90 minutes on Springfield Road. Most of those were for

Little doubt fire man-caused

Aug 16, 2017 / 1:29 pm

Photo: Naramata Fire Rescue UPDATE: 1:25 p.m. Naramata Fire Chief Tony Trovao says there is little doubt a late-night wildfire was human caused. Crews were lucky to knock it down quickly, he said. The fire was reported about midnight

Out with old, in with new

Aug 12, 2017 / 5:00 am

Cheers and applause greeted the demolition of a Kelowna education institution, Friday. Heavy machinery tore into St. Joseph's Hall, revealing the new St. Joe's Catholic school behind it. Students and parents celebrated by having a demolition

Savona crash fatal

Aug 11, 2017 / 10:45 pm

Photo: Google Maps UPDATE: 10:45 p.m. Kamloops RCMP confirm a two-vehicle collision on the Trans-Canada Highway at Savona Friday afternoon was a fatality.  An eastbound Ford crossed the centre line and collided head on with

Fuelling Olympic dreams

Aug 10, 2017 / 6:15 pm

Photo: Contributed Big White Ski Resort is sponsoring national team athlete Ian Deans' road to the 2018 Winter Olympics. The 26-year-old ski cross athlete grew up in Lake Country and started skiing at Big White at the

Mill destroyed in blaze

Aug 10, 2017 / 6:00 am

UPDATE: 6 a.m. Firefighters were still on the scene at a massive industrial fire in Abbotsford late into Wednesday night. As of about 11 p.m., the blaze was contained, but one building was destroyed and others damaged. The fire forced the

Mile high wine, music

Aug 10, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Vernon's Silver Star Mountain Resort hosts the Mile High Wine & Music festival on Saturday. Enjoy local wines and live music in the mountain village at Canada’s highest outdoor wine and music event. Thirty

Soapbox races cancelled

Aug 8, 2017 / 10:01 am

Photo: Twitter UPDATE: 10 a.m. Organizers of the Knox Mountain Soapbox Festival say they have cancelled the event due to the extreme fire risk in Knox Mountain Park. "Unfortunately, due to the extreme fire risk, the city has

The real cost of health care

Aug 3, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Fraser Institute A typical Canadian family of four will pay $12,057 for health care in 2017, the Fraser Institute says. That's an increase of nearly 70 per cent over the last 20 years, according to the public policy