Andrea Papagianis, City Editor of the Dana Point Times
It is with a heavy heart, filled with thanks, that I pen this letter to the community on my final day as City Editor of the Dana Point Times.
Let’s keep this simple: Thank You.
For the past 18 months, and 80 issues of the DP Times, you have opened your homes and lives to me and trusted our editorial staff to share your stories in a fair and compassionate manner. I hope we’ve lived up to your expectations and have continued to provide this community a vital source of information on issues right at the core of its very being, just as we have for the past seven years.
From the World War II, Korean, Vietnam-era veterans with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934 to the pre- to high-schoolers who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley and everyone I’ve met in between, thank you for making our paper what it is: Yours. To the letter writers and columnists, thank you for sharing your voice with the community. Without you, we would all fall silent.
Life is taking me to San Diego, where I will marry my fiancé, Alfonso, this fall and where I will welcome my first child come January. But, I will remain a part of the Picket Fence Media staff, filled with the most passionate people I have had the pleasure of meeting and calling friends.
With so many life changes, it is imperative that this community have someone who will continue to be involved in the day-to-day happenings and reporting on everything from City Council meetings to yearly festivals and school carnivals to fire and police calls. Senior Editor Andrea Swayne will step back into the City Editor role, with the support of Brian Park, editor of The Capistrano Dispatch; Jim Shilander, editor of the San Clemente Times and Steve Breazeale, sports editor covering all three south Orange County cities.
I will take on the company’s editor of special projects part to bring our readers the very best coverage of annual events, such as the Dana Point Festival of Whales, Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle and Dana Point Turkey Trot.
You can still reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org as I will continue to support our editorial staff to bring you the latest and best news coverage of local goings on.
So, this isn’t a goodbye, it’s just an “I won’t see you as often.”
Thank you, Andrea Papagianis