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Week of September 17, 2007
Long-serving WCR staff dedicated to help you deepen your faith
By GLEN ARGAN
For more than 20 years, I've been working at the Western Catholic Reporter. When my working career is over, I'll probably be able to say that I've spent more than half my career as editor of the WCR.
That wasn't my plan. I originally thought I would work for the WCR for a few years and then go on to something else.
But I've come to regard it as a great privilege to work for this newspaper. It has a fantastic and unique mission - to bring the teachings of the Church and stories about what is happening in the Church - to a large and diverse Catholic audience every week.
Our readers give lots of positive feedback in various ways. Occasionally, I get stopped in the grocery store or some other public location by people I don't recognize who want to tell me how much they appreciate the WCR and that they read everything in its pages.
I am a writer with an academic background in philosophy and I love the opportunities I have - few and far between though they have become - to write news articles, editorials and other pieces of reflection.
I'm also fond of the people I work with. All of them have been here quite a few years. I think you can take their longevity as an indication that they find fulfillment here too. I certainly know that while I get much of the credit, they do most of the work.
Barbara Jowett, our bookkeeper, just passed her 20th anniversary with the WCR. Next year, Sharon Bly, receptionist and circulation coordinator, and senior reporter Ramon Gonzalez will mark 20 years.
Those three have actually had a longer consecutive service than I have. I was the editor for four years in the early 1980s, left for almost six years and then returned.
Jay Charland, the executive assistant, has been here 15 years, Linda Keer, who handles advertising, has been here 13 and Lasha Morningstar, the news editor, five years.
Our staff do their work with a high level of competence and courtesy. They make my job easier.
Other people have come and gone during my years here and they too have made significant contributions. But what is remarkable is how many have stayed and enjoyed it. We've certainly had ups and downs over the years, but somehow we've stuck together.
Soon, we hope to hire another reporter who will step into this workplace of experienced, competent people. She or he will need some chutzpah to fit into a well-established group. But I know that seven others will do their best to welcome this person into our midst and to make him or her feel right at home.
And all of us will continue to strive to provide our readers with a weekly newspaper that helps them to deepen their faith. That has been our greatest privilege of working at the WCR.