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Thursday, October 21, 2021

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.

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.

Gabe Camarillo

Sports Reporter

Gabriel Camarillo has written for the Clovis Roundup since August 2019 and follows high school athletics, Fresno State football and former Clovis Unified student-athletes. Gabe also writes for The Collegian as a staff sports writer and works at One Putt Broadcasting as a board op for 940 ESPN radio.

Sydney Morgan

Reporter

Sydney Morgan, currently a junior at Fresno State University, grew up in the sleepy town of Templeton, CA. With Lester Holt and Carrie Bradshaw as her journalist role models, she considers herself to have a more creative approach to her news and entertainment stories.

Alexis Victoria Govea

Multimedia Journalist

Alexis Govea is proud to be from the Central Valley. She graduated from Fresno State with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication & journalism and a minor in Spanish. She has that Bulldog spirit deep in her heart. Go 'Dogs! Alexis is happy to be a part of the Clovis Roundup and is excited to tell the stories of many people here in the valley along with other story pieces pertaining to the community. Alexis also works for the Fresno State Athletics Department and is a local on-air personality for Q97.1 radio.

Karl Cooke Jr.

Reporter

I am 27 years old, born and raised in Fresno, California. I am the youngest of 4 kids and am a full time student at Fresno State University. I am happily engaged to be married to my fiance Daniella. My favorite sports teams are the L.A Rams, Dodgers and Lakers. I have two dogs and one cat. I have my own podcast called “The Two Minute Warning” Podcast that you can listen to on any platform that you listen to your podcasts.

Tara Sweeney

Reporter

Tara Sweeney got her start in journalism at Fresno state, where she covered events hosted by USU Production's marketing team and Off-Campus Student Life. As a locavore and a foodie, she has a deep passion for attending local food events and sharing what Old Town and greater Clovis has to offer. She combines this passion with two years of experience writing about agribusiness safety, compliance, and events in California. She hosts the Food & Facilities podcast on CentralValleyTalk.com every Saturday at 11 a.m., where she discusses agribusiness with local experts. She has a BA in marketing from Fresno State.

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!

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.