Donna Melchor – Owner/Publisher
The Clovis Roundup was born by accidental necessity. With the old Clovis Independent changing ownership and eventually dying in 2007, a need arose for a dedicated Clovis news source.
Along came Veteran Marine Kenny Melchor and his wife Donna, both with backgrounds in print advertising and a lifelong love of our city. They took a chance that people in Clovis and the surrounding mountain communities would embrace a fresh outlook on news. Just like that, a husband and wife news team was born. Kenny sells the vision and Donna manages the layout. Both having family roots in our valley, it seemed a natural fit.
Today, The Clovis Roundup is beating the odds, she’s growing every issue thanks to local business and public support. Donna Melchor has also been honored as the 2012 Business Woman of the Year and as the recipient of the 2014 Spirit of Clovis award. The Roundup is proud to be endorsed by the City of Clovis and is a proud member of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce.
The concept was for a betterment of people, to share interesting and uplifting stories, to bolster community pride. Our rich Valley stories are best told by its people–people that live and work here, people that care about the “Clovis Way of Life” and its historic preservation.
Daniel Leon – Editor
A native of Woodlake, Daniel Leon is a recent graduate of Fresno State with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism. Daniel served as Sports Editor at The Collegian, Fresno State’s student-run newspaper, prior to joining the Roundup. He looks forward to serving the Clovis community and sharing your stories.
Paul Meadors – Sports Editor
Paul Meadors is in his 19th year as an elementary school teacher and currently serves as a Junior High athletic director and basketball coach in Traver, CA, in addition to serving as the Sports Editor for The Clovis Roundup. He graduated form Immanuel High School in 1989 where he was a four-year starter in baseball and accumulated a combined record of 62-6 in three years of playing basketball, which included a point away from playing in the state championship game his senior year. After attending Fresno Pacific College on a music scholarship, Paul coached baseball at Immanuel for six years and has continued to immerse himself in Central Section sports. He is also the author of the humorous book “Letters to eBay,” and he has recorded a piano album of his own compositions titled “Surviving the Storm.” He lives in Fresno with wife Lori and daughters Georgie, Alex and Ruthie.
Billy Xiong – Ad Design and Production
Billy Xiong has been with Clovis Roundup since the fall of 2011. When he first started, he was only contracted to design ads for a small handful of clients. Today, he manages all ad designs, web content, as well as the build of the newspaper including special tabs for the City of Clovis. Billy is happily married to Tracie and has two children: Daughter Emery and son Nixon.
Leticia Madrigal – Social Media Coordinator
Letty Madrigal is a recent Fresno State graduate with a degree in mass communication and journalism with an emphasis in public relations. Letty is a former associate director of TALK Strategic Promotion Solutions, Fresno State’s student-run public relations firm, where she earned experience working with real-life clients. In January of 2017, she joined the Roundup as a social media intern. Upon graduation, she has continued to assist with social media, event support and other administration duties.
Ron Sundquist – Photographer
Ron Sundquist, also known by many as the unofficial mayor of Clovis, has been taking photos for the Clovis Roundup for the last several years. You can catch him at many Clovis events such as the farmers markets, City Council meetings, Big Hat Days, and ClovisFest just to name a few. Aside from Ron’s love for photography, he is also a great painter, his work can be seen at various locations around Old Town Clovis. If you happen to run across Ron in Clovis, be sure to say hello and smile for the camera.
April Blankinship – Police Log of Shame
Don Curlee – Ag at Large
Jeff Kollenkark – Weed Man
Paul and Erik Hinkle – Central Valley Motorsports
Peg Bos – Let’s Talk Clovis