Hello south Charlotte neighbors

I am one of you and ready to listen

04/28/2010 12:00 AM

04/24/2010 12:12 AM

Here's my promise to you as the editor of South Charlotte News: We are here to listen and tell your stories.

Our mission is to focus on news from your neighborhoods and communities - to ensure that your accomplishments and those of your neighbors are published in our newspapers and on our websites.

And I also promise that when you call us, e-mail us or interact with us in your neighborhoods, we will always listen to your needs.

What is the foundation of my promise?

First, I am your neighbor.

I graduated from South Mecklenburg High School in 1972.

Second, I have 30 years of experience as a journalist.

After heading off to East Carolina University and later to three newspaper jobs, two in Maryland and one in New York, I returned to Charlotte to work for the Observer in April 1983. I have lived in south Charlotte for most of that time, so I know our community well.

Leading our community news coverage is a return to my roots as a journalist. Fresh out of college, I started a weekly community newspaper in Baltimore County. I never forgot the feeling of being the editor and meeting people in their neighborhoods.

It was exhilarating to be that close to readers.

I look forward to rekindling that spirit again with my neighbors in South Charlotte News.

We have many communities to cover in our weekly edition:

Ballantyne, Pineville, Blakeney, Stonecrest, Piper Glen, Arboretum and surrounding areas.

I will be talking with you again soon. Let me know how I can help tell your stories.

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