Farewell Delco, Stay Classy
For the first year, I was a general assignment reporter and I assisted former political reporter Alex Rose with coverage. The first race I covered was the open seat for the 7th Congressional District in 2010. It was a great race. U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, battled it out with Swarthmore Democrat Bryan Lentz, a former two-term state representative, every day. Third-party conservative Jim Schneller added to the drama.
Though I covered some politics at my first job, the Daily Local News in West Chester, the 7th Congressional District race was my introduction to Delco politics. I have to admit I wasn’t that thrilled about covering politics at first but it was something I grew to absolutely love. When Alex Rose took on a new beat at the county courthouse, I became the lead political and county government reporter. I was thrilled to get the beat roughly three years ago. I liked following the so-called “game” of politics. By game, I mean observing politicians and figuring out their next moves.
Another highlight of my time here was traveling to Newtown, Conn., to help one of our “sister” papers, The New Haven Register, with coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre. I was in Connecticut for three days after the tragedy in December 2012. It was a great learning experience.
Another highlight was my article about Sgt. Sneezy, an Afghan dog who was rescued by a local soldier from Ridley. The soldier had the dog flown back to the United States. It was a heartwarming story. Sgt. Sneezy unfortunately died about a year ago.
I also really enjoyed covering the 2013 election cycle. For the first time in the county’s history, the Delco Democratic Party had an edge over the local Republican Party in terms of voter registration. The countywide Democratic slate was energized but was unable to break the Republicans’ grip on the county courthouse.
I’m grateful for my time here. I learned something new from my fellow reporters, editors, readers and sources every day over the past 3 ½ years.
I’m off to my next adventure now.
Farewell Delco. Stay classy.
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