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

Villains and Vittles theatre

Jun 29, 2022 / 7:00 pm

Photo: R.J. Haney Heritage Village Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre returns to Salmon Arm's R.J. Haney Heritage Village. The historic site and museum celebrates 28 years of amphitheatre productions with "That's Not Shakespeare!" The

Venue a noisy neighbour

Jun 29, 2022 / 3:14 pm

Photo: Facebook/Harbour Heights Estate Residents of an Okanagan Landing neighbourhood are fed up with noise from a business in their midst – and they want the City of Vernon to do something about it. A delegation of residents attended

Containers not bad news

Jun 29, 2022 / 1:19 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester The recent arrival of a large number of shipping containers outside Vernon's Village Green Shopping Centre does not herald any forthcoming bad news. The containers' arrival at the south end of the mall, outside

Baby skunks on parade

Jun 29, 2022 / 4:00 am

A Coldstream family had a wildlife encounter of the adorable kind recently. Amy Williams says her brother Mark Hollenbach captured a family of skunks waddling across his driveway on Uplands Place. Mama skunk can be seen guiding her brood of

This mission is possible

Jun 29, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Allan Brooks Nature Centre Your mission, should you choose to accept it: shop local. And this message will not self-destruct in 10 seconds for fans of the Mission Impossible franchise. This mission is entirely possible. Yes,

Given up on saving?

Jun 28, 2022 / 4:03 pm

Photo: Unsplash/Towfiqu barbhuiya A new survey finds nearly one-quarter of young Canadians have given up on saving for the future. The Economic Future Survey by insolvency trustees Bromwich+Smith and Advisorsavvy, found young people are

Storm-watch eye on creeks

Jun 28, 2022 / 1:27 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester City of Vernon crews are monitoring local creeks as a severe thunderstorm watch and high streamflow advisory converge on the North Okanagan. The forecast for Vernon is calling for approximately 5 to 10 millimetres of

Enderby lifts water advisory

Jun 28, 2022 / 1:05 pm

Photo: Pixabay Enderby has lifted a water quality advisory following water system repairs. The precautionary advisory was issued June 23 for the duration of repairs to a critical water distribution component, the city said. During the

Tax deadline looms

Jun 28, 2022 / 12:25 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester There's no escaping the taxman ... and the deadline for City of Vernon property taxes is fast approaching. Property tax payments for 2022 are due by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4, in order to avoid penalty. Tax

$675K lotto win a shock

Jun 28, 2022 / 10:34 am

Photo: BCLC A Cherryville woman had a hard time believing she was $675,000 richer after checking her Set for Life ticket on BCLC’s Lotto! App and discovering she landed the game’s top prize. “I scratched the ticket and

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