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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.

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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 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.



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  • Guest - Ss

    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.

  • I like the new website design.:)

  • Guest - Jeff Durbin, MSgt USAF, Ret.

    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

    from Arizona, USA
  • Guest - lies

    "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.

    - TurlockCityNews.com

  • Guest - Ricky Hunt

    I have been ripped off by a local business for 4000.00 . I wood like to tell my story to expose this company
    in Turlock for unjust, unethical , and straight up wrong business practice . litigation is the only avenue that I have to try to get this resolved and I am doing so . hope your paper can help with this story thank you
    Ricky Hunt

  • Guest - Angelica

    I was just at Dennys on Lander in Turlock and there was two homeless men who were drinking coffee when we gotthere, after we got our food I heard the waktress tell them they had to leave, I got up and asked them if they ate he told me no, so we bought them a meal , the waitrss came back and told them they had to leave still, I told her I just bought them food she said well they will take it to go, so me and my mom left our breakfast and paid for our food. Straight discrimination!!!!!!!!!! How can they be so rude they are people too!!!!

  • Guest - Juan

    In reply to: Guest - Angelica

    Any business can refuse service. You don't have to like it but it's not your business. In this case, I'm guessing the "customers" in question either 1. stunk, 2. had over stayed the normal time a guest would spend in the restaurant 3. bothered other customers (you are not the only other customer Angelica) 4. Bothered employees 5. drunk/drugs

  • Guest - Michael Hansen

    When I clicked on 'about' I was trying to figure out where Turlock is. What state, possibly what country? What kind of news organization doesn't let people know what community they serve. And if online, then just a city name IS NOT Enough!