Those of you who read the Cornershot in today’s Extra section (that little bright that runs in the bottom right corner of the section front) have learned I am moving on to be the features editor at the Roanoke Times. I’ve even received a few friendly emails from readers this morning.
I’ll let you read it for yourself, in the words of former features editor Kathy Lu:
As the features editor of this newspaper for the past seven years, I’ve learned how much the Extra section means to you.
Whether it’s the comics, puzzles, health columns or stories written by our staff — there are many of you who read every single word.
Through this little CornerShot space, I’ve learned about your childhoods, your pets, your children and the fact that many good Samaritans live in our area.
I know I’ve told you about my childhood, my random observations and my mother-hood tales. That’s why it seems the proper space to say farewell and thank you.
I will be moving to Missouri, to become the assistant managing editor of features at the Kansas City Star. My last day was Sept. 13.
Thank you for sharing your stories, for giving us ideas, for calling out errors so we can be more accurate.
Thank you for voting in our comics poll all those years ago, and for participating in our reader submission queries — I’ve always been amazed by the level of response.
I am happy to say I’ll be leaving you in good hands with food writer Lindsey Nair, who has been named the new features editor. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now I join you as just another faithful Roanoke Times reader.”
You’re probably wondering what this means for our food coverage in The Roanoke Times and Roanoke.com. Well, that’s being worked out over the next few weeks. Meanwhile, I will still be writing columns and blog entries, so you’re not rid of me yet. But since I’ve taken over the features editor’s duties effective today, you may see fewer blog entries than usual.
I’m excited to note that I will be having a little help in the interim from my colleague, Caitlin Saniga. Caitlin is a copy editor here at the paper who is also a great cook and avid foodie. She and a friend maintain their own blog, So Hungry I Could Blog, with great recipes and pictures. You can expect to hear from both Caitlin and myself on this blog in the near future.
If you have food- or restaurant-related ideas and questions, please feel free to keep leaving comments on this blog or email me. I’m thrilled to be overseeing our Extra content and look forward to keeping you informed – either myself or through my editing – of all the food news around Southwest Virginia!