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Tracy Press - Staff Bios


Michael Langley

Michael Langley became editor of the Tracy Press June 26, 2013. He is a native of Tracy and proud Bulldog alum. Michael’s career as a journalist has spanned 20 years and six cities as a print, radio, broadcast and online writer, editor and producer. Michael is proud to be the editor of the newspaper that inspired him to read and become a journalist and proud to serve the community that raised him.

You can contact Michael at or 830-4231.

Denise Ellen Rizzo

Denise Ellen Rizzo came to the Tracy Press in November 2000 after more than five years as the news editor of the daily publication Malden Evening News in Malden. Massachusetts, and more than five years as a news editor/reporter of Advocate Newspapers in Everett. Massachusetts. Over the course of her career, she has worked at a variety of publications, including international and national magazines and specialty news publications. Among the highlights of her reporting career was writing and photographing three historic Space Shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Rizzo was hired to work at the Tracy Press as their public safety reporter in 2000, and within a few years of her arrival, she was given the additional assignment of covering education. She remained at the Press for approximately five years, leaving for five years to pursue other journalistic opportunities. She was asked to return the Press by newspaper officials in April 2011 and currently holds the position of senior reporter.

Rizzo can be contacted at or 830-4225.



Lisa Cracraft

My name is Lisa Cracraft. I was born and raised in Tracy, and I still reside here with my husband, Jim and three children, Justin, Jacob and Lyndsee. I've worked at the Tracy Press since 1997. I started out as a front office clerk, then worked my way up to classified sales representative, retail sales representative, assistant manger handling major accounts all the way to the Advertising Director. I enjoy building relationships with my clients and helping them make their business successful.

You can contact Lisa Cracraft at (209) 830-4217,

Bob Brownne

Bob Brownne has been on the Tracy Press staff since October 1998. Since then he has covered business news, municipal government and environmental issues. In February 2008, he took over as sports editor and covers high school teams in California Interscholastic Federation competition, plus Tracy and Mountain House youth teams and other local athletes and sporting events.

Information about teams, athletes and events can be sent to, or call 209-830-4227.

Vanessa Alfaro

I have been proudly serving the advertising department of the Tracy Press for more than 10 years.

I can assist you with any advertising needs; from an employment ad; to a name change; to helping you advertise your Grand Opening. Let me help you! Always looking forward to serving you.

Call me directly at 209-830-4216 or by email at

Melanie Smith

Melanie Smith, senior member of the copydesk, also manages the Datebook section of the Press. A Tracy High School IB graduate and UC San Diego alumna, she has called Tracy home since 1991.

She can be reached by email at or by phone at 830-4232.


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