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Since 2005, TurlockCityNews.com has been Turlock's only daily, locally-owned source for news and information.
Founded by Owner and Publisher David “DJ” Fransen in response to the local newspaper's decision to stop daily publication, TurlockCityNews.com maintains a laser-focus on what matters to Turlockers, every day. There are no out-of-market wire stories here – only locally written, locally relevant articles and news briefs.
TurlockCityNews.com publishes only the latest news, information about local events, and updates on anything which might impact Turlockers. In short, TurlockCityNews.com seeks to inform local residents and visitors about Turlock, and to promote local business and the community.
TurlockCityNews.com is the only locally-owned news and information source.
Founder, Owner, and Publisher David “DJ” Fransen:
Born and raised in Turlock, Fransen's roots run deep in the community. Going as far back as the early 1900s, his grandparents on both sides contributed to what Turlock is today. This includes the Martinez family, of Martinez Plywood, who were involved with much of Turlock’s development.
“This 'old' Turlock background and my participation in the 'new' Turlock makes me a true representative of today’s Turlock,” Fransen said. “I am open about future change but know and won’t forget the past that made Turlock great.”
Fransen got his start in business when he opened Turlock's first skateboard shop in 1996. The shop closed permanently in 2005, when Fransen decided to focus full-time on TurlockCityNews.com.
But before the shop closed, Fransen led the effort to construct the Turlock Skate Park, a seven-year odyssey requiring public demonstrations, fundraising events, and re-designing the park three times before its 2004 opening. Fransen also spearheaded the Turlock BMX Bike Park project, which opened in 2009.
Fransen has been intimately involved with the City of Turlock throughout the years. Fransen worked for the City for more than seven years in maintenance with a short stint in the finance department, partnered with the Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association to lead major downtown events, and ran a radio talk show, Turlock City Radio.
His aspirations turned political in 2006, when Fransen ran for Mayor of Turlock at the age of 29. Fransen has since run for City Council seats in 2008 and 2010, without success, and now says he is done with politics.
Today, Fransen runs TurlockCityNews.com and Pressert Marketing, a marketing and business strategy firm.
Editor Alex Cantatore:
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Cantatore is an award-winning journalist, dedicated to local news.
Since 2007, Cantatore has doggedly covered Turlock government, breaking numerous stories.
Career highlights include meeting presidential candidates, Iraqi parliamentarians, and covering Colin Kaepernick's meteoric rise to the National Football League on-field at the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in 2011.
In 2013, Cantatore joined TurlockCityNews.com, accepting the position of editor. In addition to editorial duties, Cantatore still covers local government, as well as various other reporting assignments.
A Riverbank native, Cantatore has called Turlock home for years. He attended college at the University of California, Irvine, where he founded a chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, and served as Vice President of Marketing for the Inter-Fraternity Council.
In his spare time, Cantatore is an award-winning game designer, finishing second place in the San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge in 2012. He is also a hardcore gamer, who has been ranked in the top 10 in the world in three different games.
Cantatore is also a published poet, a screenwriter who has had a short produced, and a past member of the Turlock City Arts Commission.
Reporter Jonathan McCorkell:
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McCorkell is an experienced journalist with a strong dedication to community news.
He began his journalism career in 2005 with the U.S. Navy, graduating from the Department of Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Maryland. He served three additional years as a Navy Journalist Petty Officer 3rd Class at Navy Region Southwest in San Diego.
Following his enlistment he has worked at several newspapers and covered a variety of beats including education, city government, sports, agriculture and human interest.
McCorkell graduated magna cum laude from Fresno Pacific University and holds his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts.
McCorkell and his wife Elizabeth were both raised in the Sacramento area. They have three children: Caitlyn, 8, and twins Grace and Nolan, both 7.
Reporter Brandon McMillan
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McMillan is Turlock born and bred. More than that, he's a skilled journalist.
McMillan graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Stanislaus, where he majored in Communication Studies and minored in Journalism.
While at CSU Stanislaus, McMillan was a managing editor, op-ed editor, and staff writer for the student newspaper, The Signal. He also volunteers as an on-air radio DJ for the student radio station, KCSS 91.9FM.
In his spare time, McMillan plays bass guitar and collects records.
McMillan primarily covers breaking news stories for TurlockCityNews.com.
Reporter Kailey Fisicaro:
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Fisicaro is an up-and-coming journalist who focuses on hard news stories for TurlockCityNews.com
In addition to her post at TurlockCityNews.com, Fisicaro serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The Signal, the California State University, Stanislaus student newspaper. She has previously served The Signal as a staff writer, and as editor of the news section.
Fisicaro is also a member of the Public Relations Club on campus and Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies department’s honor society. Her writing has been honored by the Associated Collegiate Press.
Fisicaro is a Central Valley native, born and raised in Oakdale.
Reporter Noel Daniel:
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Daniel is an outstanding writer with a flair for arts, entertainment, and community event coverage.
Daniel is currently the Features Editor at The Signal. She previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the CSU Stanislaus literary magazine “Penumbra,” founded a creative writing workshop called “The Pendragons,” and is past president of a student honors English society.
In her spare time, Daniel is working on a novel.