Jon Manchester
[email protected]
250-860-5050 ext: 118
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

Sing loud for all to hear!

Dec 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Kirk Penton "The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear" – so says Buddy the Elf. So come on down and sing this evening at Stuart Park in Kelowna. The Castanet Carol Fest starts at 6:30

Buying media loyalty?

Dec 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: The Canadian Press After promising millions to prop up Canada's failing legacy media, the union representing the majority of journalists at the nation's largest news outlets appears to have placed itself firmly in the pocket

MS warrior honoured

Dec 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed A Kelowna woman has been honoured by the MS Society of Canada for her longtime volunteer commitment. Michelle Hewitt was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 10 years ago. Ever since, she has found ways to give her time,

Up for prestigious award

Dec 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed A West Kelowna student is a finalist for one of the most prestigious scholarships in Canada. Mount Boucherie Secondary School student Nhi Dao is among the top 88 of 5,089 candidates for a $100,000 Loran Award.  She'll

Second library for Westside

Dec 13, 2018 / 10:05 am

Photo: Google Street View Okanagan Regional Library is opening a second location in West Kelowna. Renovations have started, and furniture and materials have been ordered for the Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre site on Highway 97. It's

Come on and carol!

Dec 13, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed There's no better way to get in the spirit of the season than by singing some Christmas carols. And you can support a worthy cause while doing so. The Castanet Carol Fest happens Tuesday evening next week at Stuart

Heil to host champion chefs

Dec 12, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Canadian Olympic medallist Jennifer Heil will emcee the Canadian Culinary Championships grand finale in Kelowna in February. And Canadian rock legends Chilliwack will perform at the event on Feb. 2.    Heil

New Powder Chair to open

Dec 11, 2018 / 5:20 pm

Photo: Big White Big White Ski Resort's new Powder Chair is set to open this Friday. Crews load tested the $4-million chairlift this week. Resort vice-president Michael J. Ballingall says the testing went "very well,"

Missing woman located

Dec 11, 2018 / 11:18 am

Photo: RCMP UPDATE: Dec. 11 RCMP confirm that a 27-year-old Kelowna woman, previously reported missing has been located. ORIGINAL: Dec. 7 Kelowna RCMP are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing woman. Joenna

Paying more to throw away

Dec 10, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Photo: Contributed It's going to cost you more to toss junk out. Rates are going up at the Glenmore landfill effective Jan. 1, with the minimum fee per load going up by $1 and the rate per tonne increasing by $10. The



Castanet pays for news tips. Email us a news tip, photo, or video and your name will be in a draw for our weekly news tip prize $25. Email us [email protected]


Member of the RTNDA