Langley, who had his first news article published in the Press in 1986 as a junior in high school, began on Tuesday, June 25.
“I feel so good about leading the newsroom of the Tracy Press, and if you told me I’d be doing this 27 years ago, I would’ve wanted it but I wouldn’t have believed you,” said the 43-year-old. “Having that first article published felt right — contributing to the community is what I always wanted to do. Coming back and now representing my hometown and her best interests, that to me is perfect symmetry.”
Born and raised in Tracy, Langley said it’s important for the Press to “stay connected to the community” by reporting local news that directly impacts residents.
“That’s my job as editor, to highlight the things that make our community the way it is, for good or for ill, because we exercise the public’s trust as journalists and that’s what we have to maintain,” he said. “We live in the community, so we aren’t above it, we are members of it — and as a community newspaper, we are in it with the community.”
Will Fleet, publisher of the Press, said Langley is a welcomed addition to the newspaper.
“Michael brings a wealth of news and management experience. Even more important, Michael is a Tracy native and his family has deep roots in this community,” Fleet said. “We are very excited about the future of the Tracy Press with Michael leading our newsroom.”
Langley graduated from University of California, Davis, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and began his journalism career as a freelance writer for the Sacramento Bee in 1994.
In 1996, he embarked on a 13-year path in broadcast journalism, which included working as an intern at Channel 13 in Sacramento; a broadcast producer in Washington, D.C.; and an assistant news director at Channel 10 in Sacramento.
Langley started his own news website in 2009, serving 44,000 people and 26,000 households in the Sacramento area, before becoming the news director at a local television station in Colorado Springs, Colo.
He and his wife, Erica, a Stockton native, returned to Tracy in February.
Langley’s long-term goal for news coverage by the Press includes reaching readers “in any form that they want information.”
“If they want it in print form, which I believe most people still do, and I do too, then we are going to give them the best paper every week that we can,” he said. “People who live here but work in another community, they still want their news, so we’ll deliver it to them through digital platforms, on their mobile phone or however they want it wherever they are.”
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