Moving to Dowagiac

Published 6:29 pm Wednesday, January 8, 2014

After months of running back and forth between my residence in St. Joseph, the office in Niles and my post in Dowagiac, I’m ready to settle down a little.

After weeks of searching, I’ve finally signed for an apartment here in the city, which I hope to move into by next week. I had hoped to move in sooner, but I figured that subzero weather would make hauling furniture up several flights of stairs more challenging than it already is.

While cutting out the 40-minute commute played a role in my decision, I feel I can serve the community more effectively by living here in Dowagiac. I’ll be able to spend more time with my ears to the ground, which will naturally lead to better reporting and coverage from the Daily News.

My reasons for moving aren’t just rooted in professional aspirations, though. Since I took over as community editor in November, I’ve quickly grown attached to Dowagiac and its many colorful residents.

Leader Publications is also looking to increase its presence in Dowagiac as well. We’re currently in the process of finalizing details for a temporary office in the city, where I plan to hold regular office hours. I would encourage anyone to stop in, whether it’s with a juicy story idea or simply a desire to shoot the breeze for awhile.

I’m looking forward to hanging out around town when I’m off the clock, whether that means shopping for groceries at Hardings, enjoying a drink at Zeke’s or simply taking a stroll around the city’s parks.

Hopefully, I’ll not only serve the community well as resident reporter, but as one of your neighbors.