Press editor to leave in May
by TP staff
Apr 12, 2013 | 2428 views | 5 5 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jon Mendelson, editor of the Tracy Press, is resigning from his position effective May 9.

Mendelson notified management at the Press about his decision on Tuesday, April 9.

“As I step down, I really see a bright future for the newspaper,” Mendelson said. “I’m truly grateful that I’ve been able to be a part of it.”

The current Stockton resident was hired in August 2005 as a website and copy desk editor.

In 2006, he began writing a column called “Second Thoughts” and was named the front-page designer — a role he has held since that time.

Mendelson was promoted in 2009 to associate editor and again in the summer of 2011 to his current position.

“Despite going through bankruptcy for some time, the Tracy Press maintained a level of quality that is recognized by the California Newspaper Publishers Association at the state level for excellence,” Mendelson said. “I feel proud that the Tracy Press remained at the center of the community despite losing several days of publication during the past several years.”

During his tenure, Mendelson received several awards from the CNPA, including first place in 2009 and 2010-11 for column writing and second place for investigative reporting in 2010-11.

Mendelson said he plans “to take a few weeks off to recharge” and then begin nonprofit work in Stockton.

Will Fleet, co-publisher of the Press, described Mendelson as “extremely dedicated and talented” and said he is “confident that he will have a very successful career.”

Fleet and Ralph Alldredge purchased the Tracy Press in November and serve as co-publishers.

“I want to thank Jon for his years of excellent service to this newspaper, before and since our acquisition,” Fleet said. “He has done a particularly good job for us during the change in ownership and he has effectively led our staff through the distractions involved in moving our downtown office.”

According to Fleet, the recruitment process for a new editor will begin immediately.

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April 15, 2013
Thanks Jon you will be missed.
April 12, 2013

I don’t know you, but have tersely conversed with you through emails a few times in the past. I am an avid reader, but many people I know aren’t, so I am always alert to someone who may be. I have 3 recommendations for you.

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, by David Eagleman

Proust Was a Neuroscientist, by Jonah Lehrer

The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do, by Judith Rich Harris

Good luck. (Yes, I am aware I didn't underline the titles.)

April 12, 2013
Thank you for your dedication and best of luck to you Jon.
April 12, 2013
We wish Jon well in his new adventure.

Being a newspaper editor is the fourth hardest job in the world. The first three being motherhood, serving as a Tibetan monk and chainsaw juggling. Being editor has a lot in common with the other three.

Jon, as editor, has been a good teacher. Never once calling this writer names, he has just taken the provided straw and spun something more valuable. Thanks Jon - from the whole community.
April 12, 2013
Jon, you have been a great addition to the Press. Wish you nothing but the best in your next venture. Hate to see you go, but you have a great future ahead of you.

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