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The Suburbanite
  • From the Editor: Leaving the 'burbs

  • For the last seven months, it has been my pleasure to be Editor of The Suburbanite, the Jackson Suburbanite and

    the suburbanite.com.  I leave the 'burbs June 15 for a job in North Carolina.


    The move is a watershed moment for me.

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  • For the last seven months, it has been my pleasure to be Editor of The Suburbanite, the Jackson Suburbanite and
    the suburbanite.com. I leave the 'burbs June 15 for a job in North Carolina.
    The move is a watershed moment for me. Although I have covered national and even an international news story or two as a journalist, I have lived my entire life in Ohio. However, the new opportunity is too exciting to pass up, and I’m thrilled for the challenge.
    Ohioans and Ohio transplants stay for the people, who I'm convinced are unlike any others. People are real, but also kind here. We are welcoming and open, yet protective.
    Since we met, tens of thousands of you have been making your way to our website, hundreds of you have checked in through social media, and each week many of you come by the office to drop off announcements or just to grab a paper and say hello.
    You’ve been an extended family, neighbors in communities as tight- knit as the small town where I was raised.
    I've met many of you shopping for groceries, cars and clothes.
    You whispered questions when I attended trustee and school board meetings. You freely shared your opinions about fracking and a proposed racino.
    You offered me coco (and more interesting beverages) the day I froze my toes off shooting video of the Polar Bear Jump.
    Most importantly, you trusted me with your triumphs and your sad stories.
    In an era in which journalists are often told that the worth of newspapers is fading, you have been an engaged and dedicated audience.
    Thank you – for your praise, your criticisms, your warmth and your honesty. It has been a wonderful experience serving you.  
    I hope to say goodbye to many of you in person. If we miss connections, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.