Decade of Deadlines
Ten years as editor a great learning experience
Ten years ago — mid-April — I had just left my job of six years as a graphic designer at a specialty publications firm for a chance to work closer to home.
Although I loved the people I worked with, I was tired of commuting from Yamhill to Tigard and needed a change, a new challenge.
It all happened when my husband mentioned that Oregon Wine Press had stopped arriving in the mailbox. After learning owners Richard Hopkins (turn to page 30 for a remembrance) and Elaine Cohen had ceased publication, and after meeting Jeb Bladine, owner of the News-Register in McMinnville — at a friend’s house on poker night — I devised a plan.
I approached Jeb about buying OWP and hiring me as the graphic designer. He took my suggestion and handed over the editor hat, too.
I thought, “What did I just get myself into?”
At this point in my young career, my writing skills were rusty, at best — I knew how to design a publication with my eyes closed, but reporting, let alone editing, needed some serious exercise.
Yes, Jeb took a chance on my J-School credentials, and so far, the gamble of acquiring OWP — and hiring me to lead it — has paid off.
The publication has grown tremendously, and all the people — past and present — who have helped it expand and stretch its limits are too numerous to mention by name — I would hate to accidentally omit anyone.
So, to the sales team, freelance writers, photographers, ad designers, proofreaders, printers, deliverers, wine industry members, association heads — and more — who have aided in making OWP what it is today, I say thank you.
To you, the readers, your encouragement and kind words over the years have filled me with great joy.
And, finally, thank you, Jeb, for taking a chance on me. Here’s to another 10. Cheers!