"There is nothing permanent except change." --Heraclitus
I want to begin by thanking you, dear readers, for supporting me over the past six years. I came to The Tribune-Courier and Marshall County as an outsider but you all welcomed me with open arms and for that, I will be eternally grateful.
When I joined The Trib in 2014, I was fresh out of college with very little journalistic training, but I was eager to serve the community I quickly grew to love; you all were so patient and encouraging as I navigated the many beats and grew professionally, developing my talent--and for that, I will be eternally grateful.
We have been through some tough times together but we have shared good times, too--I've cried tears of joy and sorrow with you all and I have laughed and celebrated with you all, as well. I hope you all know that each week, I literally poured my heart into the work I produced with the goal of providing the best quality news you all expect and deserve. And when I asked the tough questions, got feisty and fought for the answers, I did so on behalf of all of you.
I'm excited to announce that next week, I will begin a new journey as News Director for WKMS, Murray State University's NPR Station. I'm looking forward to this positive step forward in my career and I am thrilled to join ranks with an incredibly kind and talented, national award-winning team. While I will no longer call Benton and Marshall County my professional home base, I will still be serving this community, along with numerous others in western Kentucky, northwestern Tennessee and southern Illinois.
I am having a difficult time choosing the words which sufficiently express my gratitude for all of you who continued to read and for those of you who regularly worked with and helped me in providing quality news in this community I consider home. I'm honored to be part of the fabric of Marshall County and honored to have been invited into your offices and homes each week.
Along with the many fond memories, I'll take with me the items from the bulletin board hanging in my office which I affectionately refer to as the, "Not everyone hates Rachel wall." It's filled with thank you notes, notes of encouragement sent via USPS and email, pictures of your pets and invitations to your special occasions. I've kept those items over the years to remind me why I do the work I do, and to help keep me motivated and focused when times got tough and the critics were hoping to shut me down or distract me--and I'll take those mementos, pieces of all of you, with me to Murray.
Marshall County will forever hold a special place in my heart, and I hope the legacy I leave behind in the form of written word acts as a love letter from me to all of you.