A new journey for me starts now
The above headline Good Night and Good Luck was the sign off of famous American radio journalist Edward Murrow.
Well friends, after 13 years in journalism and 10 of those reporting on news, politics and city hall, I am signing off from reporting.
At least for now.
I said goodbye to my colleagues for the last 8.5 years at the Town Crier, and hello to a new team in public affairs at St. Joseph’s Health Centre
On May 4, I started an exciting and challenging new career with a one year contract as a communications associate at St. Joe’s hospital in Toronto. After just over a week on the job, I am already learning a lot and am busy writing for our website http://www.stjoe.on.ca. Some of my articles (two so far) will appear sans byline under the What’s New section. I will be writing monthly features for Hospital News, articles for biweekly Connections newsletters , three editions of In the Community publication and website stories.
So far, I also attend hospital events and write about them, interview surgeons, nurses and other health care staff for profiles on them, new procedures, advances in health care, about teaching medicine for the next generation.
I will be helping with events around the hospital’s new wing Our Lady of Mercy opening later this year and our annual report.
Our department does internal communication to all staff in the hospital on any changes of procedure, policy, legislation, equipment, etc. And we handle external communication for every department in the hospital in coordination with the CEO.
At some point, I will be a spokesperson for the hospital and share the 24/7 on call role with my boss.
I remain a lifelong Torontonian and when appropriate can comment on life in Toronto from my perspective.
Keep you comments coming on anything I have written, will write or any of your observation on news and life in Toronto. I look forward to posting again soon.
After my contract is up in May 2012, I will either continue in communications at the hospital, elsewhere or venture back into journalism. We shall see what the future holds. I will of course keep you posted.
For the past year, I have read your column consistently. It is one of the best ones in the city and sad to see you sign off (for now).
thanks for your kind words of encouragement and support. Much appreciated. I am still doing a lot of writing, but instead of city news and municipal politics it is on health care and hospitals.
Bye for now, Kris
I have observed your career as a dedicated and principled journalist and decent human being for many years and have come to like you and admire you enormously. I wish you the very best in your new career. The hospital is very fortunate to have you on their team.
Judge Ted Matlow,
thanks for your kind words and support. It has been my pleasure covering news that included interviews with you dating back to 2002. Cheers, Kris
…. Congrats on the new gig !
Andrew, thanks. As the editor Eric McMillan said, I was the last of the original Town Crier crew (there in 2004) when he came to now move on to another job.
Congrats, congrats and congrats! I wish you every success in your new career!
Lori, thanks for your ongoing support and friendship.