Hello Avenue fans,
As you have probably realized by now, I am the new editor of the Avenue.
I apologize that I have not had the chance to introduce myself yet. It has been a whirlwind since I arrived in June, as I have been settling into the new role and adjusting to the work environment.
In the past few weeks, I have participated in numerous neighborhood and community events, and I have met and developed connections with so many wonderful people.
Baltimore County is truly a great place to live and work, and I am very happy to serve readers of the Avenue News in Essex and surrounding areas as the newspaper’s new editor.
Just to provide a small glimpse of who I am, I moved from a very small town in rural Wyoming called Buffalo, where I was a reporter at another community newspaper aptly named the Buffalo Bulletin. After only a couple of weeks after leaving that job, I picked up all of my belongings and drove across the country in my white sedan to take on the job here at the Avenue.
I was born and raised in a small town just outside of Jackson, Mississippi, and if you ever have the privilege of meeting me, you will likely hear the Southern twang in my voice. I graduated with a journalism degree from Mississippi’s flagship university, colloquially known as “Ole Miss,” and went on that same year to get a master’s degree in the same field.
I reckon I am a Southern boy at heart, but I have always been enchanted by the subtle magic of cities. My opinion is that the unincorporated communities of Baltimore County offer the best of all of the aspects of a small town and a big city, partly in that there are a lot of great people but we are not tumbling and trampling over one another to go somewhere.
Sometimes the roads are clogged with traffic, and there is enough rain to fill a small ocean, but those annoyances seem paltry when I think about how great this community is, as are the residents, friends and families who make it up.
When I am not working, you might find me nose-deep in a book, playing an electric guitar casually, going for a light run, or – perhaps the most likely possibility – seeing a movie at a local theater. But most of my time and energy is devoted to producing a great product for you all every week.
I am proud to work at a newspaper with such a long history and loyal readership, and I commit to furthering the Avenue’s tradition of publishing news that is important and of value to the community. Please know that phone is always on and my door is always open (well, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays) to hear feedback and story ideas, or just to answer questions.
I look forward to working with you all, and wish you all good health during these uncertain times.