So next week we (Corrie and I) are moving to Washington D.C. It’s a big change but an exciting one. Corrie landed a great job there after having earned her Ph.D. and so I decided to take on that next life adventure with her. Though we both have enjoyed Minnesota, D.C. seems like the kind of place for both of us.
MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO
It wasn’t easy to decide to leave MPR News. It’s what brought me here to Minnesota, when then managing editor of online news Mike Reszler took a chance on wayward Florida boy. I came here with just my car full of clothes and no idea what it was going to be like — especially the winters. Clearly, I survived.
I leave MPR News with a wealth of knowledge and the experience of working with an amazing mission-driven organization full of talented, bright and passionate people that absolutely love what they do. That environment and the type of people I worked with might have spoiled me, but it’s one I would never want to trade. I was only at MPR for just under 3 years, but the work I did there and the people I worked with will stay with me forever.
Whenever you leave a place you get a sense for the impact you might have had based on the reactions of those around you. Judging by the reaction of almost everyone I worked with in the newsroom, I feel I’ve left a lasting impression of someone who cares deeply about what I can bring to a workplace and that I was an important cog in the MPRnews.org machine while there. Thank you all.
‘WHAT NOW? WHAT COMES NEXT?’
Currently, I don’t have a new job lined up. I’ve applied at a few places in D.C. and have high hopes for some opportunities at NPR. I’m not worried, D.C. is an amazing spot for media and a great market for digital journalism.
The strange part will be that until I get a job, it will be the first time in close to 16 years that I haven’t had a job. I got my first job close to when I turned 15 years old at one of the local pizza places near my parents’ house. Since then, I’ve always worked and had overlapping jobs. At one point I think I even had three jobs at once, and somehow managed to go to school somewhere in there. Looking back, I wonder how I survived.
I’ve also thought about going back to school too. The University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism has a great program in multimedia journalism that I want to explore. There’s also a program at Georgetown, though it’s more academic and analytical (though that doesn’t necessarily mean bad). The possibilities for me (and us) are wide open in D.C. and I can’t wait.
So long Minnesota! Cheese curds, I’ll miss you most of all.