Shining a light on what really matters.

Driven with a mission for our Valley’s pulse

The San Joaquin Valley Sun is focused on delivering critical news on the issues and events facing the San Joaquin Valley – from Modesto to Bakersfield.

Our mission is to shine a light on what really matters in the San Joaquin Valley – from the region’s burgeoning agricultural economy to the people and events that make it so vibrant.

It is our goal to make news accessible and reader-friendly. That’s why we send out Sunrise AM, the most popular email digest of Valley news, every weekday morning at 6:30 a.m.

The Sun is a nonprofit news entity funded by you, our neighbors. We are an initiative of the Valley Future Foundation, Inc., a California nonprofit corporation.

Staff and Contributors


Alex E. Tavlian, Executive Editor

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. Email him at

Daniel Gligich, Reporter

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, with a focus on the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at


George Hostetter

George Hostetter is The Sun’s Fresno Civic contributor – covering the City of Fresno, County of Fresno, and Fresno Council of Governments.

Wayne Western, Jr.

Wayne Western, Jr. the The Sun’s Agriculture Pulse contributor, writing on the San Joaquin Valley’s agricultural community and water issues.

Don Wright

Don Wright is a water contributor to The Sun. He extensively covers the San Joaquin Valley’s countless water and irrigation districts at You can reach him at