Saying goodbye is not easy. Frankly, I've never been good at it. After working as a local editor for Patch in Dexter, Chelsea and Dearborn for nearly three years, I can tell you, saying goodbye is just plain hard.
Though I've only been in Dearborn for a short nine months, it has been one of the best experiences of my seven-year career in journalism. Dearborn is an amazing community, with equally amazing residents.
For the past three years, while attending countless city council meetings, school board meetings and events in my three communities, I also managed to complete a Master of Arts degree in public relations and organizational communication from Wayne State University. In May I graduated magna cum laude with a 4.0 GPA.
Though I will be leaving Patch after today, I will remain in Dearborn in my new role as public relations coordinator for ACCESS. My new wife and I are also planning to relocate to Dearborn by Thanksgiving.
With a new job comes new challenges, and I look forward to embracing the challenges of storytelling with my position at ACCESS.
Though I am stepping aside as editor for Dearborn Patch, the company is already in the process of searching for my replacement. You are in good hands, Dearborn. In the coming weeks, please reach out to Regional Editor Jessica Nunez at email@example.com, or Community Editor Jason Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org in my absence.
This is goodbye for now, but you will still see me around town. You can't keep a reporter's blood from flowing, so rest assured my byline will pop up again from time to time in Dearborn publications as a freelance writer. Though I graduated from the University of Texas, I will always bleed Patch green.