I have been a journalist for more than 40 years, and I worked 27 years at The Charlotte Observer until being laid off in 2016. It was a good run there, but The Observer, like most newspapers, is having trouble navigating the digital world. I finally got caught up in the seemingly never-ending cycle of layoffs. I had many hats there during my tenure: copyediting, design, news editor, design supervisor, technology and for the last few years photographer and night photo editor. I am a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, married with one son and a granddaughter. We all live in Lincolnton.

The world of journalism - How newspapers work, past and present, and the many jobs.

A former editor, the late Foster Davis. He had faults, but he knew how to treat everyone kindly. He knew the difference between right and wrong. And he was a fine journalist.

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