Yesterday was my last day at the paper, and it was a great send off. Lots of gifts, lots of hugs, and around 25 people at my send-off lunch. I felt very lucky. One of my best gifts was a photo book with images of me throughout my near decade with the paper. It was a really amazing gift. I've worked with a series of super amazing photographers over the years, and the current team is no exception. Photo chief Casey Campbell is a great photographer and amazing friend as well, and my dog considers him her uncle. He came to the paper with a background in communications and video rather than still photography, but has shown he really has amazing photo skills. Andy Cripe is always ready for his next adventure, especially if it involves nature or aircraft, or, the best combination of the two. He is extremely demanding of his craft and it shows in his work. Scobel Wiggins is a delight, and one of the most compassionate people I've ever met. Her emotions show through in her work in the best way possible and it's a great combination of skill and nuance.
I'm a native Oregonian who, up until recently, has been reporting on local issues in Portland, Forest Grove and currently Corvallis. I am now an editor of an internal publication at a local university, making the transition from the newsroom to world of academia. I continue to write, photograph and explore the world of podcasting in my work, and am eager to explore my new opportunities.