A significant announcement

 

Thacher State Park

Thacher State Park

 

I took this photo at the end of January. Trees – in case you didn’t know – don’t grow sideways. Yet this one ended up parallel to the earth that gave it life, going against the direction of all the other trees.

 

I took this photo thinking of me.

 

This was a day spent in prayer and reflection, in praise and in apprehension. It’s when I decided I was going to run counter to what was expected of me and leave the field of journalism for now.

 

So there’s the announcement. After years of reporting, anchoring, producing and informing, I’ve decided it’s time to step away to see the people I love, explore other paths I may be passionate about and challenge myself in ways I haven’t in the past.

 

There are multiple reasons for this. Among them, the fact that I’ve said no to many opportunities, events and moments in an effort to say yes to a career. I’m also sensing a growing concern about the direction that local broadcast news is headed. If you’d like to chat more, feel free to ask.

 

Back to reality though. This means in June, I’ll be leaving Albany. For a few months, I will be roaming my home countries and a few others while searching for my next landing place.

 

For those of you who have been a part of this journey with me, I can’t thank you enough. You’ve been by my side at career fairs, stayed up with me until midnight or woken up at 3 a.m. with me, juggled my strange weekends, visited me in cities you never thought you’d be in.

 

oh, how I miss this

oh, how I miss this

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my family, my rock

 

Most importantly, you’ve believed in me, especially in moments when I lacked faith in myself. Thanks to you, I’ve learned, grown, and become so much closer to the journalist I wanted to be.

WMDT in Salisbury, Md.

Salisbury, Md. [WMDT]

NYS Fair, YNN

NYS Fair, Syracuse [YNN]

Reporting, TWC News

Reporting [now TWC News]

 

Just as that wayward tree is being held up by the other upstanding ones, you carry me.

 

Your name is on my byline.

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9 thoughts on “A significant announcement

  1. Same goes for Princeton (but we’re only here until the end of June). I’d love to hear more about the changing landscape of local broadcast* news.

    *Totally including cable within the realm of broadcast given the modern media landscape.

  2. There will always be a room for you in my home when your travels bring you back to Albany.

    Truly, we will be losing a young, passionate journalist who was engaging and really made our generation interested in watching the news.

    • Thank you so much! These words touch me so deeply, deeper than you might imagine. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can only hope for more food adventures with you.

  3. David says:

    I hope you find what you are looking for. Although we never met I followed your public stay in the capital district. You seemed like you were having fun but there was more to the story. You are in a challenging business in a challenging 24 hour station that seems to chew people up. Your desire to be a reporter and not just a news reader was admirable but it also spoke to the general uneasiness you are hinting at now with your departure. Again good luck for your future wherever you land.

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