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Thursday, January 23, 2020

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

  • 2017 CNPA California Journalism Awards - Best Featured Story, 1st Place
  • 2017 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, social media 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

Born at Clovis Community Hospital and raised in the surrounding foothill area, Caitie Kenney is a Clovis girl. She first began delivering newspapers in the early years of Clovis Roundup, and has since taken on any role she can to help out. She takes pride in protecting the legacy her parents built with Clovis Roundup by providing excellent customer service to all its clients. She is happily married to husband Nathan, and has one clumsy German Shepherd, Kylo.

Michael Ford

Sports Reporter mikeford2069@gmail.com

Michael graduated from Fresno State in May 2019 with 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.

Sarah Soghomonian

Reporter sarah.h.soghomonian@gmail.com

Sarah Soghomonian is an Emmy Award winning journalist who has been telling the stories of the unique people and places of the Central Valley for nearly 15 years. She's a graduate of Fresno State's Mass Communications and Journalism Department and has worked at CBS47 and ValleyPBS. In addition to her work as a television producer, Sarah is a freelance journalist who's articles have appeared in many local newspapers and publications. A lifelong Valley resident, Sarah loves her community and wants to do her part to make it a better place.

Haley McKell

Reporter haleychristine518@gmail.com

Haley Graduated from Fresno State in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications & Journalism. While her emphasis is Multimedia Haley took classes on reporting and media writing. She has a passion for her major and strives to be versatile as she can in her field. During her last semester at Fresno State she was an intern at CMAC. She gained hands on experience working on live productions for the community.

Ron Camacho

Reporter roncamacho4@gmail.com

Ron Camacho was born and raised in Clovis. He attended Clovis High School and graduated from CSU Fresno in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and Journalism. Before joining the Roundup, Ron wrote for Pollstar Magazine and the Sanger Herald. He has a deep appreciation for the arts and is a lover of music, cinema and storytelling. When he’s not busy looking for his next story, Ron enjoys taking weekend expeditions to the beach or mountains to practice landscape photography.

Carole Grosch

Writer/Reporter cgg266@comcast.net

Carole Grosch has been writing and reporting with the Roundup for over seven years. She is a seasoned veteran reporter with tons of experience and knowledge. She does feature stories and cover arts and entertainment for the Clovis Roundup. She is a great asset to our team.

Gabriel Camarillo

Student Sports Reporter 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.

Ryan Kish

Student Sports Reporter ryan.kish18@gmail.com

Ryan graduated from Buchanan High School in 2018 and is currently a student at Clovis Community College and plans to transfer to a four-year school to complete a degree in journalism or political science. Ryan was born in Pennsylvania, has lived in four states, and thinks the Yankees need to be more creative with the design of their batting practice hats.

Peg Bos

Contributing Writer 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

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!

Don Curlee

Contributing Writer agwriter1@aol.com

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

Dick Nichols

Contributing Writer 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.