Pounds: OnWard and upWardWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | firstname.lastname@example.org
It is the nature of this business that people can make a major impact in a brief time. It is also the nature of this business that people move on as quickly as they arrive.
As we say goodbye to Lisa Renee Ward, one of our greatest collaborators, we struggle with emotions of pride for her career ascent and concern for the changes her leaving will cause.
When it launched in early 2005, one of the first things Toledo Free Press established was a relationship with local blogs. We recognized that a great deal of important information and commentary was being posted and published on local sites, and worked to involve the operators of such blogs and sites as ToledoTalk, SwampBubbles and Ward’s GlassCityJungle.
Ward led the way with a weekly feature, “Blog it, Toledo,” which discussed new and influential blogs and local websites. Eventually, her unrivaled institutional knowledge of local politics put her in a fact-checker role here at Toledo Free Press. She then began a weekly column, “Shredding the Curtain,” which provided the city’s best in-depth reporting on city government, and she most recently has served as our Web Editor, helping us keep pace on our website, on Facebook and on Twitter.
Ward has accepted a full-time job within city government, which creates instant and legion conflicts with our newsgathering process. It was quickly agreed that she should no longer serve Toledo Free Press in any capacity; the decision took seconds, but the ramifications will last a very long time.
There are people who begin as co-workers and evolve into trusted friends and advisers. For myself and Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller, Ward has been a true partner and confidant, one with unwavering ethics and an opposing political view that has broadened our viewpoints and our pages of opinion. We are happy and proud for her as she begins a new life, but we will greatly miss her contributions to our ongoing experiment.
Thank you, Lisa Renee, and best of luck with your onward and upward career steps.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at email@example.com.