Terry Dean, our editor at the Austin Weekly News since September 2005, has left the post as of the first of the year. He’s contemplating his next steps which will certainly include some rest and relaxation they may also include taking on freelance reporting.
All the while he has edited the Weekly, Terry has doubled as the education reporter for Wednesday Journal, our publication in Oak Park and River Forest. So he has been a very busy man. And that effort has shown in the respect he has earned in each community he has served and in the awards both the Weekly and the Journal have earned from our peers during his tenure.
Stepping in to fill Terry’s role on the West Side and in Oak Park and River Forest is Michael Romain. Michael has been a freelance reporter for both the Weekly and our paper in Forest Park, the Review. We got to know Michael over the past couple of years as admirers of his Village Free Press, a news site covering Maywood, with great thoroughness, fairness and a real sense of place.
During this positive transition, we renew our promise to cover Austin and the West Side with energy and determination, with grit and a clear feel for both the challenges and the successes we find in our community.
Along with Dawn Ferencak, associate publisher of the Weekly, we are looking forward to 2015, to growing our networking and outreach, deepening our partnerships, broadening our efforts to listen better and, always, to publishing – both in print and digitally – news, features and opinions which reflect our pride in these neighborhoods.