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.
• Contact the Tracy Press at 835-3030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.