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

4.79% tax hike for Vernon

Dec 6, 2022 / 3:35 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester After two days of number crunching, Vernon council has settled on a tax increase of 4.79% for 2023. The budget includes a 1.47% increase for annual operating expenses, 1.90% increase for the final instalment of the

Date sought for murder trial

Dec 6, 2022 / 2:40 pm

Photo: Facebook The man charged in the death of North Okanagan woman Ashley Simpson has had his murder case pushed back. During a court appearance Monday, Derek Favell had his next appearance set for Dec. 12 on the Kamloops indictment, the

More incidents on Hwy 1

Dec 6, 2022 / 2:16 pm

UPDATE: 2:15 p.m. More incidents are reported on the Trans-Canada Highway this afternoon. DriveBC reports a crash east of Glacier National Park, where the route has been reduced to single-lane, alternating traffic. Traffic control and emergency

Pedestrian killed in crash

Dec 6, 2022 / 1:40 pm

Photo: File photo UPDATE: 1:40 p.m. Penticton RCMP are working to identify the person who was hit and killed by a vehicle on Highway 97 overnight. The crash occurred between Tucelnuit Drive and Sundial Road, north of Oliver and closed

$13M home sells for $3.4M

Dec 6, 2022 / 11:46 am

Photo: Engel & Volkers BC Assessment data shows someone got a screaming deal on a Coldstream mansion that had previously been listed for $16 million. The 15,000-square-foot, five-acre estate recently sold for less than $3.5 million. After

Heavy snow for Highway 1

Dec 6, 2022 / 9:42 am

Photo: DriveBC Conditions at Rogers Pass as of 9:40 a.m. A heavy snowfall warning remains in effect for the Shuswap and Trans-Canada Highway east to the Alberta border. Environment Canada says 5-10 centimetres of snow is expected in the

Next steps for N. Westside?

Dec 6, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Google Maps The Regional District of Central Okanagan will write to its North Okanagan counterpart about the future of the North Westside on Okanagan Lake. The RDCO board has authorized chair Loyal Woolrigde to send letters to the

Arnold's bill passes hurdle

Dec 5, 2022 / 5:00 pm

Photo: Facebook/Mel Arnold A private member's bill sponsored by North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold has taken an important step forward. Bill C-291 was introduced by Arnold in June. It proposes to replace the term 'child pornography'

Cultural Ctr architect picked

Dec 5, 2022 / 4:00 pm

Photo: City of Vernon An architect team has been selected to design Greater Vernon's new Cultural Centre. The Regional District of North Okanagan has awarded Revery Architecture of Vancouver the contract to create the "vision, facility

Heavy snowfall warning

Dec 5, 2022 / 3:38 pm

Photo: Viola Cohen A heavy snowfall warning has been issued for the North Okanagan and Shuswap. Environment Canada is calling for periods of heavy snow tonight and Tuesday. Affected areas included the Shuswap and eastern parts of North


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