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TurlockCityNews.com About Us

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.

(209) 678-7759
DJ@TurlockCityNews.com

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.

(209) 620-0591
Alex@TurlockCityNews.com

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.

Jonathan@TurlockCityNews.com

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. 

Brandon@TurlockCityNews.com

Reporter Kailey Fisicaro:
(Click Here For Articles Written by Kailey)

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.

Kailey@TurlockCityNews.com

Reporter Noel Daniel:
(Click Here For Articles Written by Noel)

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.

Noel@TurlockCityNews.com




 

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    Thought you might want know, my daughter is part of the choir group at Turlock High School. Last week she told me her choir teacher showed up to class drunk. She told me he was out for a few days and returned today to teach. I think this is wrong to let someone like this be responsible for my child.

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    Read what those street thugs did to your community's flags. Price estimated at $500. I will send to the community a $500 check, if no one else has volunteered to do so. In addition, I will back a $1000 bounty on these punks. Arrest and convictions. After they are convicted I suggest they be required to serve as bearers of a military funeral where the flag is draped over a person. Piss on them. 480-264-7381

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    "Everyone that works on TurlockCityNews.com lives in Turlock – unlike the competition."
    Jonathan McCorkell's facebook page says he lives in merced. ;)

  • TurlockCityNews.com has grown a lot since the first "About Us," and the last couple revisions, until now. The fact that Owner David (DJ) Fransen, Webmaster Jimmy Lesondak, Editor Alex Cantatore (the award winning, former Turlock Journal reporter), and three former writers were all from Turlock was true up until Jonathan McCorkell left the Turlock Journal as well and joined the TurlockCityNews.com team.

    A revision is due. We also have two new writers we'll be announcing that do not live in Turlock.

    We also have a marketing company and its newly hired manager to implement and maintain a strategically designed marketing program. This marketing program strategy and the data it uses will be the only one of its kind in this area.

    Thank you for calling attention to the much needed updates.

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