Reporter’s hard work will be greatly missed

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 13:49

Over the past eight months, Star reporter Kirsten Swann has indeed been the star of our newsroom, so it’s with mixed feelings we announce her departure from the Star staff. While we’re sad to see her go, we can’t wait so see how far she takes her next opportunity.

Newspaper work at a small-town paper can be relentlessly grueling and frequently thankless, and reporters must be capable of tackling a dizzying array of topics; Swann did so with ease and aplomb, covering everything from courtrooms, car crashes and cheer squads to chamber meetings, community councils and classic car shows with an enviable level of energy and intellect.

In just 34 editions, Swann produced 172 stories and 216 photos for these pages — more than one published story and photo per day. When you consider the amount of time it takes to gather information, travel to venues, meet with sources and actually write the stories, it’s kind of amazing she ever slept.

Frankly, we’re not quite sure what we’re going to do without her around. However, we know she’s on to bigger and better things, and for that we’re proud to have been her temporary home on her tireless journey onward and upward.

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