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Our Story

Our Clovis Roundup was born by accidental necessity. With the old Clovis Independent changing ownership and eventually dying, 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. The Melchor’s believe a paper should be free for all to read and at the same time keeping advertising rates well below market costs. This allows small businesses to compete in a corporate world.

In a time where daily newspapers are becoming extinct, the Clovis Roundup is beating the odds, she’s growing every issue thanks to local business and public support. 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.

Awards and Accreditations

  • 2018 CNPA California Journalism Awards - Best Featured Story, 1st Place
  • 2018 CNPA California Journalism Awards - Sports Section, 3rd Place
  • 2016 George F. Gruner Award - Best Photo, Honorable Mention
  • 2016 George F. Gruner Award - Best Sports Story, Honorable Mention
  • 2014 Spirit of Clovis Award presented by the Clovis Hall of Fame
  • Accredited Member of California News Publishers Association (CNPA)
  • Clovis Chamber's 2012 Business Woman of the Year - Donna Melchor

Meet the Team

Donna Melchor

Owner/Publisher dmelchor@clovisroundup.com

Donna Melchor is the owner and publisher of the Clovis Roundup. Her love and passion for the City of Clovis and its people is the inspiration behind this publication. For her dedication, 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 held by the Clovis Hall of Fame.

Billy Xiong

Operations ads@clovisroundup.com

Billy Xiong started with Clovis Roundup shortly after the newspaper began. When he first came on board, he was only contracted to design ads for a small handful of clients. Today, he manages all operations from ad design, web content, to producing and editing videos. He is happily married to Tracie and has two children: Daughter Emery and son Nixon.

Caitie Kenney

Customer Service Rep info@clovisroundup.com

More info coming soon!

Nugesse Ghebrendrias

Reporter nugessekibrom@yahoo.com

For the past three years, Nugesse has been a vital part of the Madera Tribune covering sports, news, entertainment and feature writing. Nugesse’s ability to interact with the community allows him to promote students, athletes and community members with fairness and objectivity. We are happy to have Nugesse join our team here at the Clovis Roundup.

Michael Ford

Reporter fsbulldog17@mail.fresnostate.edu

Michael graduated from Fresno State in May 2019 was a Bachelor of Arts degree in print journalism. During his time at the university, he served as sports and managing editor for The Collegian, Fresno State’s student-run newspaper. In addition to the Clovis Roundup, Michael has written for The Fresno Bee, the Kingsburg Recorder and Selma Enterprise. He has a passion for sports and can be found on the sidelines at local games, bringing the citizens of Clovis the athletics news they deserve.

Carole Grosch

Writer/Reporter cgg266@comcast.net

Carole Grosch has been writing and reporting with the Roundup for over 7 years. She is a seasoned veteran reporter with tons of experience and knowledge. She is a great asset to our team.

Myles Barker

Reporter rekrabselym@gmail.com

More info coming soon!

Gabriel Camarillo

Student Intern gcam1014@gmail.com

Gabe Camarillo is a first-year sophomore at Fresno State, after graduating from Edison High School in 2019. At Edison, he was a sports writer for the Edison Illuminator newspaper, as well as editor-in-chief of the 2019 Edison High Yearbook. Now at Fresno State, he is part of the Bulldog Vision team, and helps film all Bulldog football practices and games. Gabe brings a unique, exciting voice to the Clovis Roundup.

Peg Bos

Contributor - Clovis Museum pbos@clovis-museum.com

Peg Bos is the president of the Clovis Museum on 4th and Pollasky avenues in Old Town Clovis. She not only manages the museum but she also writes her Let's Talk Clovis column in our publication which features and highlight the amazing history of our city and culture. One fun fact about Peg Bos, she was the first female mayor of Clovis from 1984-86.

April Blankinship

Contributor - Police Log of Shame aprilblankinship@yahoo.com

April Blankinship has been a contributing writer of our famous Police Log of Shame since 2011. The logs are loosely based on actual weekly police logged events. However, the events supplied come with minimum data such as times, charges and some minor details. April's imagination does the rest!

Dick Nichols

Contributor - Shaver Lake Fishing Report dickchip@netptc.net

Dick Nichols has been with us since the beginning. With decades of experience, he writes and provide insights about the Shaver Lake fishing game.

Don Curlee

Contributor - Ag at Large agwriter1@aol.com

Don Curlee is your man when it comes to Agriculture. His Ag Alert column in our publication is sure to inform you on what you need to know when it comes to the agricultural industry.