Jocelyn Dong named editor of the Weekly

New job caps a decade of promotions and local news coverage in Palo Alto

Palo Alto Weekly Managing Editor Jocelyn Dong, who was raised in Palo Alto and has risen through the paper's editorial ranks over the last 11 years, has been named editor of the Palo Alto Weekly.

Dong will take over for Jay Thorwaldson upon his retirement at the end of January.

"Jocelyn was the obvious and easy choice for this position," Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson said.

"She is a meticulous, thoughtful and innovative journalist with high standards and expectations. She is compassionate and tough at the same time, qualities that result in our readers getting accurate and insightful coverage of the community."

Dong, 45, was raised in Palo Alto, graduated from Palo Alto High School and earned a bachelor's degree in music from Pomona College. She then received a master's degree in mass communication from San Jose State University and became director of communications for United Way in Santa Clara County.

Deciding she wanted to move into journalism, she took an internship at the Palo Alto Weekly in 1999 and was offered a position as special sections editor. She was quickly promoted to assistant editor, and then in 2004 covered land use and other city issues as a senior staff writer. In late 2005 she was promoted to associate editor and then a year later to managing editor with responsibility for all newsgathering and the day-to-day operations of the Editorial Department.

She has also led the Weekly's initiatives to expand multimedia coverage and the use of social media.

Dong is the recipient of numerous journalism awards and has guided the Weekly to an unprecedented six years of receiving the coveted general excellence award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association over the past decade.

As editor, Dong will oversee all editorial operations for the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online and Express, the daily news digest distributed by e-mail to more than 13,000 people each morning.

Thorwaldson, who is retiring after more than 10 years as editor, described Dong as "one of the very best all-around journalists" he has worked with during his decades in the newswriting and editing business.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Posted by That's good news!
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 7, 2011 at 10:28 am

Congratulations, Jocelyn! I have found your reporting to be balanced and thoughtful in the past.

Warm regards and best wishes for success!

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Posted by Krauss
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

Congratulations Jocelyn! Wishing you great success in your new position.

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Posted by Sheri Furman
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:21 am

Congratulations, Jocelyn! Looking forward to working with you again on neighborhood issues.

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Posted by Henrietta J. Burroughs
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:53 am

Congratulations, Jocelyn.

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Posted by Diana Turner
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Congratulations, Jocelyn! Best wishes for much success in your new position!

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Posted by Joseph Kott
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 8, 2011 at 8:14 am

Congratulations, Jocelyn!

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Posted by congratulations
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 8, 2011 at 9:08 am

Any plans to beef up the local news coverage?

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 8, 2011 at 9:18 am

I greatly value and support local print journalism.
I will be reading.

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Posted by Jocelyn Dong
editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Jan 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Jocelyn Dong is a registered user.

Thank you all for the good wishes. They're much appreciated.

Even as Jay Thorwaldson retires, the rest of the Weekly's editorial team remains the same, including city hall reporter Gennady Sheyner, education reporter Christina Kenrick and general assignment reporter Sue Dremann. We're committed to bringing you the best local news coverage possible.

Please feel free to contact me with news tips, story ideas and, of course, feedback on our coverage. I can be reached at and (650) 223-6514.

Thanks again. I look forward to working with you in my new role.

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Posted by Chris Gaither
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Congrats Jocelyn!!! I still recall your great article on Domestic Violence in 2009. Good human interest story. Hopefully, there will be even more good human interest stories under your editorial leadership. Best wishes, and good luck to you. The Palo Alto community will be cheering you on.

Cheers - Chris!

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Posted by Susan Phillips Moskowitz
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 11, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Congratulations. I love the idea of the news-analysis webcast mentioned in today's Weekly.

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Posted by Fred Balin
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 11, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Fred Balin is a registered user.

Yes, congratulations very much in order.

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