• Erin Middlewood is the features editor. Erin’s job became both easier and more complicated due to the pandemic. It’s easier, because she is not having to oversee production of our Weekend section. It’s more complicated, because so many community events have been canceled and our lives outside work have changed so much, it’s caused us to overhaul our concept of what a Life section is and should be. She and her two-person team are doing an amazing job at this.
• Amanda Cowan is the photo editor. With only two photographers on staff, she spends a lot of her day on assignment, but the fun is broken up with a lot of meetings and paperwork. She’s the licensed pilot for our drone, which we have vowed to use more before the weather deteriorates this fall.
• Greg Jayne is the opinion editor. In some ways Greg has the perfect job — we mostly leave him alone and pay him to write — but that also means he needs to have daily opinions, which just exhausts me when I fill in. As the opinion editor, Greg remains aloof from the news team. You won’t see him assigning, writing or editing news stories. He works closely with the editorial board, which reads drafts of his editorials and offers suggestions and changes.
This is an amazing group of people. You couldn’t find a team that is more devoted to the community and willing to do what needs to be done to tell its stories. I really am blessed to work with them.