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

Teen battles rare cysts

Jul 31, 2021 / 9:00 am

Photo: GoFundMe A North Okanagan teenager is battling a rare condition. Christina Blackstock launched a GoFundMe campaign for 16-year-old Aryssa after she was diagnosed with a massive cyst on her spleen. "The day after Aryssa's

Smoke - toughing it out

Jul 31, 2021 / 4:00 am

With smoky skies lingering across the Thompson-Okanagan, businesses, locals and holidaymakers are gritting their teeth and toughing it out. And for the most part, the smoke isn't changing people's plans too much. Torrie Silverthorn,

Oyama Lake fire now held

Jul 30, 2021 / 4:40 pm

Photo: BCWS UPDATE: 4:40 p.m. A fire discovered near Oyama Lake Thursday is now classified as held, after fire crews hit it hard early. The wildfire grew to about 0.5 hectares in size Thursday, before three firefighters and a helicopter

Dump truck crash cleared

Jul 30, 2021 / 12:22 pm

Photo: Andy Dutot UPDATE: 12:20 p.m. A dump truck crash at the Predator Ridge turnoff on Highway 97 south of Vernon has now been cleared. UPDATE: 9:25 a.m. DriveBC is reporting single-lane, alternating traffic at the scene of a dump

Mabel fire still growing

Jul 30, 2021 / 11:46 am

Photo: Contributed The Bunting Road wildfire on the east side of Mabel Lake has grown to the north, and there is increased fire activity on the south. The BC Wildfire Service continues to list the fire as having burned 3,000 hectares,

Boil water in Killiney Beach

Jul 30, 2021 / 11:34 am

Photo: Google Maps A water quality advisory has been issued for Killiney Beach, south of Vernon on the Westside. The Regional District of Central Okanagan issued the precautionary advisory for all customers of the Killiney Beach water system.

Senior falls victim to scam

Jul 30, 2021 / 11:00 am

Photo: RCMP Police are warning the public of a phone scam preying on seniors after an elderly Enderby resident was cheated out of more than $3,000. North Okanagan RCMP were alerted to the incident by an Enderby resident who told police on

Boogie Bash cancelled

Jul 30, 2021 / 9:42 am

Photo: Boogie Bash The Nk'Mip Creek wildfire has forced the cancellation of one of the larger biker gatherings in the Southern Interior. Organizers of the Rock Creek Boogie Bash announced on their website and Facebook page that the event

Spot fires at Michaud blaze

Jul 30, 2021 / 6:49 am

Photo: BCWS The Michaud Creek wildfire south of Edgewood has grown to an estimated 7,856 hectares in size. In a Thursday evening update, the BC Wildfire Service says crews continue to work on spot fires across Johnson Creek, with helicopter

Smoke limits air support

Jul 30, 2021 / 6:38 am

Photo: BCWS The Octopus Creek wildfire south of Fauquier has grown to an estimated 17,520 hectares in size. Fire behaviour is anticipated to remain low to moderate due to calmer winds and smoke that is blocking the sun. In a Thursday



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