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
Meet the Team
Donna MelchorOwner/Publisher email@example.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 XiongOperations firstname.lastname@example.org
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 KenneyCustomer Service Rep email@example.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 FordReporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Nugesse GhebrendriasReporter Nugesse24@mail.fresnostate.edu
For the last few years, Nugesse has been a vital part of the Madera Tribune covering sports, news, entertainment and feature writing. We are happy to have Nugesse be apart of our team here at the Clovis Roundup. Nugesse’s ability to interact with the community allows him to promote students, athletes and community members with fairness and objectivity.
Sarah SoghomonianReporter email@example.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.
Carole GroschWriter/Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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 CamarilloStudent Sports Reporter email@example.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 KishStudent Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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 BosClovis Museum - President email@example.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 BlankinshipPolice Log of Shame firstname.lastname@example.org
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 NicholsShaver Lake Fishing Report email@example.com
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 CurleeContributor - Ag at Large firstname.lastname@example.org
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.