Birmingham Patch Editor Laura Houser Says Goodbye

After more than two and a half years as Birmingham Patch Editor, Laura Houser is logging off one last time.

Yes, today is April Fool's Day but unfortunately, this is no joke: tomorrow is my last day at Birmingham Patch.

When I and a team of editors and writers launched Birmingham Patch in November 2010, this website wasn't the only newbie in town. I had only just moved to Michigan that summer and knew very little about the area, much less about Birmingham. 

During the last two and a half years I've lived and worked here, I've met hundreds — sometimes it feels like thousands — of Birmingham residents. I've explored every inch of this city and discussed the issues most important to you. This community has so many stories and I've enjoyed telling the ones I've been lucky enough to tell.

But now it's time for me to move on: this spring, I'll be starting graduate school at Wayne State University, pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science. I hope to combine my love of digital journalism — a field that changes every day — with a drive to help others as I study new ways to manage, organize and curate information in this brave, new digital world. 

I leave you in good hands. Birmingham Patch will be under the watchful eye of Editor Art Aisner, who launched Bloomfield Patch in 2011. Plus, it's not like I'm physically going anywhere. I still love this town and still live here: watch out for me at Baldwin Public Library's bi-annual book sales, concerts in the park, the Farmers Market or catching a movie at the Palladium 12.

The most important thing I've learned being a Patch editor is one I hope to pass on to everyone reading: get to know your town. There is so much happening in Birmingham, whether it's at your child's school, your favorite coffee shop or on your own block. Talk to your neighbors, get involved and pay attention the next time you drive downtown.

There is so much to be passionate about when it comes to your hometown. Patch has given you of plenty of tools to discover and chronicle that experience; now it's your turn to go out rediscover why you love living here.

Courteney Gettel April 01, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Laura! NOOOOO!!!! You have been such a help, so kind, so understanding! You are the one that has made this paper what it is! This is so sad!
Townsend Hotel April 01, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Thanks for your dedication and passion Laura in making the Patch successful in Birmingham! Please keep in touch!
Charles Wickins April 01, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Good Luck and I'm glad you're not going far.
John Rohrbeck April 01, 2013 at 12:06 PM
You've done a great job. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date.
Alan Stamm April 01, 2013 at 12:09 PM
You led, you inspired, you shared the joy of discovering the best of Birmingham. We're fortunate you were the founding editor and stayed this long.
Martha Carter April 01, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Laura, I will miss your friendly "voice"! Best of luck to you!
Lauren April 01, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Thank you for all of your wonderful reporting Laura, we've so enjoyed reading all of your postings for these past years. You'll truly be missed...... but, I'm so excited for your next adventure! Good luck and keep in touch! :)
Cathie Badalamenti April 01, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Sorry to see you go Laura. Best of luck in your new venture.
Jason Alexander (Editor) April 01, 2013 at 01:29 PM
You will be missed Laura! Best of luck to you!
Sandy Wood April 01, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Thank you for your fine work on Patch, Laura. You will be missed. Best wishes on your future endeavors!
Sari Cicurel April 01, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Laura You will be missed THANK YOU for your dedication to all my client's and their stories
Rod Arroyo April 01, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Laura, Good luck on your new venture. Great work at Patch. You will be missed!
Teresa Mask (Editor) April 01, 2013 at 04:42 PM
You've done some terrific work in Birmingham. Going to miss working with you! Best wishes in the future.
Racer Boy April 01, 2013 at 05:29 PM
A loyal and hard working employee is always missed and Laura always displayed those traits. I simply hope we will now get complete crime reports from the new editor.
R Jeppostol April 01, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Thanks for the great work!
R Jeppostol April 01, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Carolyn J. Butcher April 02, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Laura, you launched a great news medium. Even though you were a stranger to our city, you made youself at home, and really got involved. Thank you for all your hard work and good reporting. May your future lead you down "great paths" and you remain as dedicated to "loving life", as you seem to now. We'll miss you.
Kristen Skladd April 02, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Good luck at graduate school, Laura! Thanks for the wonderful coverage of Birmingham over the years - you will be missed!
Pam Houghton April 04, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Laura - sounds like a wonderful graduate program! I'm sure you will enjoy it and do well. Best of luck!
Andrea Foglietta April 04, 2013 at 03:10 PM
You will be missed. Best of luck at Wayne State - Go Warriors!
Lori T. Williams April 06, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Wishing you well Laura! You will be missed. As a Birmingham Patch Blogger, it has been a pleasure working with you.
Dorian Coston April 06, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Good luck Laura, I'm sure you'll be a success where ever you go.
Greg Thrasher June 02, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Laura, Thanks for being so objective and inclusive with your reporting and willingness to publish diverse views !! I wish you well.


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