I have news today that's both exciting and bittersweet for me. It's my last day working in the newsroom of The News-Gazette. I'm starting a new communications job in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois in early January.
I'm sad to leave The News-Gazette, but excited to try something new. I've always been grateful to work at a newspaper, especially a paper that's locally-owned, incredibly thorough and well-respected (I know, I know, I'm biased).
Because the state of this industry, many people my age who studied journalism never got the chance to work at a newspaper. It's an experience I wouldn't trade, and I've been lucky to work here for more than six and a half years.
I can't say enough about the people I've worked with, both in this building and around the community. I will miss the tintinnabulation of the phones in the newsroom, and expect to have trouble writing without a police scanner muttering across the room.
I will continue to write my Meg Makes column, to run in the Wednesday Food section (keep me in mind for your best-loved recipes and feel free to email them to me). Even after today, I'll still be a well-informed community member by reading my paper every morning and keeping track of news throughout the day on The N-G's website.
I have especially loved writing this blog, which has documented several other newsy Christmas Eves for me, including the death of my beloved first editor, Becky Mabry, and my wedding three years ago. Thank you, dear readers, for sharing these moments and many more with me.
Photo by News-Gazette photographer Heather Coit, from the time I rappelled down Illini Tower for a story.