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

Business is looking good

Apr 16, 2021 / 4:00 am

Despite a pandemic that is well into its second year and increasing restrictions as a third wave of COVID-19 spreads, optimism still appears to be high among locally owned small businesses. One might expect a certain amount of skepticism, if not

Value of 1, power of many

Apr 15, 2021 / 6:00 pm

Photo: VPA The Vernon Pickleball Association is honouring one of its own as we approach National Volunteer Week. The theme of Volunteer Week (April 18-24) is 'The Value of One, The Power of Many.' "This theme embodies the

It's National Takeout Day

Apr 15, 2021 / 2:20 pm

Photo: Takeout Canada If there was ever a night to order out, it's tonight. Today is National Takeout Day in Canada. And you can log your support online in an attempt to set a national record for the most takeout ordered in a single

Murder retrial pushed back

Apr 15, 2021 / 12:22 pm

Photo: Contributed Garden of the Gabriola mansion, where Natsumi Kogawa's body was found. A court appearance to fix a date for the retrial of a former Vernon man previously convicted in the death of a Japanese exchange student has been

More churches protest

Apr 15, 2021 / 11:20 am

Photo: Contributed Slavic Christians of Evangelical Faith Church Six churches and religious organizations in the Okanagan-Shuswap have added their names to a petition protesting pandemic restrictions that have halted indoor worship services. In

Cannabis park OK'd

Apr 15, 2021 / 9:24 am

Photo: File photo The North Okanagan's True Leaf has received preliminary subdivision approval for the Okanagan’s first cannabis business park. The licensed cannabis company received the approval from the Village of Lumby for the

Leaf pick-up returns

Apr 14, 2021 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Get your spring yard cleanup going - the City of Vernon's spring curbside pick-up returns next week. The clear bag pick-up runs April 19-23. Waste Connections of Canada will provide collection of leaves and garden

Bail decision to wait

Apr 14, 2021 / 1:39 pm

Photo: Google Street View The accused in a 2018 Vernon death will have to wait a little longer for a decision on whether he will be granted bail. Shaun Ross Wiebe's bail hearing was adjourned in March to April 14. However, a decision

Child porn case adjourned

Apr 14, 2021 / 1:15 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester A Vernon man facing child porn charges has had his court case adjourned, pending a pre-sentence report. Jeffrey Howard Goldenthal faced charges of importing or distributing child pornography and possession of child

Seized paddleboards yours?

Apr 14, 2021 / 8:59 am

Photo: RCMP Vernon RCMP are appealing to the public to find the owner of two stand-up paddleboards that were seized by police. Officers recovered the boards on March 19 while investigating a report of suspicious activity made by a member


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