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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

  • 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

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

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

Caitie Kenney first began delivering newspapers in the early years of Clovis Roundup, and has since taken on any role she can to help out. Currently, 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 two fur babies; clumsy German Shepherd Kylo Ren and cuddly pitbull mix Nova.

Michael Ford

Sports Reporter

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.

Carole Grosch

Writer/Reporter

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.

Sarah Soghomonian

Reporter

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.

Jorge Rodriguez

Reporter

Jorge Rodriguez has a passion for journalism and wants to bring the community information and great stories. After high school Jorge joined the U.S. Army and while in active duty he was deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in college he worked for the Fresno City College Rampage and the Fresno State Collegian newspapers. He graduated from Fresno State in 2019 with a degree in print journalism.

Ryan Kish

Student Sports Reporter

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.

Aileen Padua

Reporter

Aileen Padua is a freelance copywriter based in Clovis, CA. She received her B.A. in Media, Communications & Journalism with an emphasis in advertising at Fresno State. She’s written and published articles that span from topics about fashion, photography and marketing in the tech industry.

Tori Lavon

Reporter

Tori Lavon is a Multimedia Journalist from Reedley, California. She received her Bachelor's in Mass Communications and Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcasting from California State University, Fresno. Currently, she is a radio intern were she sometimes has the opportunity to be on-air with talent. She is getting her start in media. She has a passion for reporting, photography, and videography. Tori also has a love for art; she loves to draw, paint, and does pottery on the side. One day she hopes she can be on-air talent at a radio station as well.

Peg Bos

Contributing Writer

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

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!