After 14 years at The News Tribune – nearly all of that covering crime in Pierce County – I am putting away my reporter’s notebook. I am calling it a career to be home full time with my three children, who are the joy and love of my life.
There’s no other hidden motive – no layoffs or buyouts. I am just a mom who needs a break from trying to be a full-time parent and a full-time journalist. And I am extremely fortunate to have the support from my husband to do that.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at The News Tribune and covering stories for this community. I grew up in Western Washington but hadn’t spent much time in Tacoma until I arrived on the first day of my summer internship at The News Tribune on May 18, 1998.
I’ve come to love this part of the Puget Sound and have seen it grow and change in the 14 years at the paper.
I have always worked my hardest every day for the paper and for the readers, providing the most accurate and complete stories that I could. I have appreciated those of you who have shared your stories and kept me on my toes.
While I have covered a tremendous amount of tragedy in this community, some of my favorite stories have been of neighborhoods overcoming crime and blight and regular citizens who go above and beyond to make their streets better for everyone.
Stacia Glenn, who’s been our night reporter for the past two years, will be taking my seat. She’s done tremendous work for us already and I look forward to reading more of her stories.
The News Tribune has changed tremendously in the years I have been here. I’ve been proud and honored to work with such a dedicated, professional group of journalists who will continue to report on this community for years and years to come.
Keep reading. I know I will.