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Jonathan McCorkell

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 (Public Affairs Officer) at Navy Region Southwest in San Diego working for the Navy Compass newspaper. He served aboard the USS Yorktown (CG-48), completing a deployment as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Persian Gulf.

Following his enlistment and honorable discharge in 2008, he has worked at the Coronado Eagle & Journal, the Union Democrat in Sonora, the Turlock Journal, and Turlock City News. He has covered a variety of beats including education, city government, sports, agriculture and human interest.

McCorkell graduated magna cum laude from Fresno Pacific University in 2012 and holds his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts.

McCorkell and his wife Elizabeth live in and own a home in Merced. They have three children: Caitlyn, 12, and twins Grace and Nolan, both 10. They are proud of their kids, who are excellent students and involved in travel-level soccer and basketball. In addition, his twins are active with Playhouse Merced.

McCorkell serves as an elected member of a Merced City School District elementary School Site Council and on the 2017-18 MCSD District Advisory Committee.

In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball at the gym and following his favorite sports teams, the 49ers, A’s, Sac Kings and Warriors. He also coaches one of his daughter’s basketball teams.



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