Jon Manchester
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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

Tax deadline nears

Jun 5, 2023 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester The time is near to pay the taxman. Property tax notices were mailed in May, and the City of Vernon reminds that taxes are due by 4:30 p.m. July 4. If you didn't receive a tax notice by mail, the city recommends

Two Becker fires doused

Jun 5, 2023 / 5:06 pm

Photo: Chelsey Mutter UPDATE: 5:05 p.m. The City of Vernon says firefighters contained two small wildland fires on the east side of Becker Park Monday afternoon. One of the fires was approximately 15x100 feet in size, and the other was

Helicopter ATVer airlift

Jun 5, 2023 / 3:34 pm

Photo: VSAR A helicopter was called in to help rescue an injured ATV rider near Vernon over the weekend. Vernon Search and Rescue says its members were tasked by BC Emergency Health Services Saturday evening to assist with the extraction

Explosion 'taken seriously'

Jun 5, 2023 / 1:42 pm

Photo: Darren Handschuh Police say Friday's hold and secure at Fulton Secondary School in Vernon was the result of a "small explosion." About 10:25 a.m., RCMP received a report that a small explosion or possibly a gunshot had

Gymnasts' travel nightmare

Jun 5, 2023 / 11:54 am

Photo: Sharon Ward Click here to view gallery Photo: Sharon Ward Photo: Sharon Ward Photo: Sharon Ward Photo: Sharon Ward Photo: Sharon Ward Photo: Sharon Ward A group of young Vernon gymnasts and their mothers stood on the street,

Phase 2 path work to begin

Jun 5, 2023 / 10:57 am

Photo: City of Vernon Construction on Phase 2 of Vernon's Silver Star Road multi-use pathway is set to begin. Work will begin next week near the Silver Star Gateway Business Park and will continue through the summer. When complete,

Vernon celebrates seniors

Jun 5, 2023 / 10:47 am

Photo: City of Vernon Vernon's mayor says BC Seniors Week is an opportunity to acknowledge the role and contributions of our older residents. Seniors make up roughly 28% of Vernon's population "and have always played a significant

Semi crash cleared

Jun 5, 2023 / 7:48 am

Photo: DriveBC UPDATE: 7:45 a.m. DriveBC reports the crash scene at Valleyview in Kamloops has now been cleared. ORIGINAL: 6 a.m. The Trans-Canada Highway remains closed this morning after a serious crash in the Valleyview area of

District loses pension battle

Jun 5, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Jon Manchester A labour arbitration has sided with the Vernon Teachers’ Association over the issue of who pays for the local union president's pension contributions. Arbitrator Randall J. Noonan found that School District

Tragedy of Heather's death

Jun 3, 2023 / 4:00 am

Photo: Family photo As Heather Barker's killer is set to be sentenced, Vernon's Archway Society for Domestic Peace says victims of violence are not just numbers. "These are women and girls whose lives were forever changed by



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