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Jon Thurber, Publisher

jon@alhambrasource.org

Jon Thurber had a long career as a writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times, where he held a number of high-ranking newsroom positions. Born in Los Angeles, he grew up in South Pasadena and, as a boy, spent a lot of time in Alhambra mostly at Fosselman’s and the old Max West sporting goods store on Main Street. His first newspaper job was reporting high school sports scores for the Alhambra Post-Advocate. He wears many hats at the Alhambra Source, including oversight of membership, fund-raising, and the editorial product.


Phoenix Tso, Senior Writer

phoenix@alhambrasource.org

Originally from the Boston area, Phoenix graduated with a MS in Journalism from USC in 2015 and has been with the Alhambra Source since then. As a freelance journalist, her work can be found in Reuters, Global Post and LA Review of Books, to name a few. Her story on Alhambra High students writing a gun control resolution in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas shootings that Rep. Judy Chu introduced in Congress was recognized as one of the best stories of 2018 by the Institute for Nonprofit News.


Dominic Tovar, Community Outreach Manager

dominic.tovar@alhambrasource.org

Dominic Tovar is a San Gabriel High School alumnus and received his B.A. in Literature and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz. By stimulating local engagement and coordinating events, Dominic supports the Alhambra Source’s mission of community integration and youth education. He’s passionate about using community organizing for social good, he loves running at Almansor Park, and is a major foodie. He also contributes news and feature stories to the site.


Bastian Mendez, Edward S. Harris Intern

Bastian is a Cal State LA undergrad majoring in Television and Film Journalism. Through his work at The Matador, San Gabriel High School’s newspaper, he joined the Alhambra Source for the 2018 summer internship program and has since been rehired under the Edward S. Harris Fellowship. He cares deeply about Alhambra’s well being as a diverse, accepting, and creative community. During his time at the Alhambra Source, he has contributed as a photographer, writer, audio editor, and more. He can often be found at local sushi and seafood joints, enjoying an arts installation or reading a book in Granada Park.