Editors and Authors:

Chris Smith is the editor-in-chief and writer for the Modesto Press. He obtained his B.A. in Economics at the University of Houston in Houston, TX. As a transplant from Texas, he enjoys his new home in Modesto, CA. Chris brings an eclectic history of the newspaper industry with him to the Modesto Press. He was the Editor-At-Large for his high school newspaper and at the same time had a regular newspaper route, delivering the day’s news to the people of Houston. Chris can be reached by email at smith[at]modestopress[dot]com.

Maria Sanchez is a freelance writer for the Modesto Press. She obtained her B.A. in Liberal Studies at California State University,Los Angeles. After a stint in the Bay Area as a yoga instructor, Maria moved to Ceres, CA. She is currently an analyst for a private company and spends her time writing, doing yoga and sipping on tea. Maria can be reached by email at sanchez[at]modestopress[dot]com.


Katherine Borges has lived in Salida for nearly 20 years and have come to love life in this quiet little community in the heart of California’s bountiful farm country.

Melissa Hans, BS: hans[at]modestopress.com

Joanne Smith, MBA: smith[at]modestopress.com

Al Woods, BS: woods[at]modestopress.com

Megan Berger, HS: berger[at]modestopress.com

Thomas J. Andrews, HS: andrews[at]modestopress.com

Kevin Thomas, HS: thomas[at]modestopress.com