"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.
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