Logging off, for now

OK guys, forgive me this brief moment of narcissism…

When I was a nervous intern at the Medford Mail Tribune in the late 1990s, a veteran reporter pulled me aside in the hallway one day. “Get out,” he hissed. “Get out while you still can.”

I ignored him. And I’m so glad I did. Daily journalism has enriched my life over the past 18 years in ways that I can’t fully explain.

It’s fun and frustrating. It’s inspiring and depressing. It’s badass and boring (LAFCO meetings, anyone?). All of these things. All at once.

I’ve learned that people are mostly good, even if they sometimes do stupid stuff. I’ve learned that absolute truth is elusive. I’ve learned that compassion comes first. And I’ve learned that I have no business ever again flying with the Blue Angels, even if I were to skip breakfast next time.

This Thursday I start a new job as the public information coordinator at San Joaquin Delta College. (Whoops. I buried the lede.) I’ve been writing about the college for The Record for nearly a decade. Delta is so critical to Stockton’s future. I’m excited to tell its story, and I’m immensely grateful for the chance to do so.

I still intend to write a little on the side about the other Delta (the estuary, that is) and water and environment issues in general. Please drop me a line at alexjbreitler@gmail.com whenever you have news, tips or suggestions. These subjects are important to me and will always be a part of my life.

Can’t say enough about my friends and colleagues at The Record. They are committed journalists working under difficult circumstances to bring Stockton the factual news coverage that this city deserves. Wherever you are in this world, please consider supporting local journalism.

And with that, I’ll shut up. Lots to do. I’ve got a slew of stories to write before my final deadline on Wednesday night. It’s been a blast, and anything short of a mad dash to the finish line would be a disservice to myself. (This blog, by the way, will no longer be active, but I hope to soon have a new place to share news and random thoughts. I’ll let you know.)

To my sources, my readers and my colleagues, thanks for your trust and friendship, and I’ll see you in the next chapter.

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