I’m Moving On From Streetsblog — But Not Before Happy Hour Tonight

I like to say that the best career move I ever made was joining a Critical Mass ride and striking up a conversation with a fellow rider about the Streetsblog sticker on his helmet. That rider happened to be Bryan Goebel, Streetsblog SF’s first editor, who would later offer me the opportunity of a lifetime.

11113275_10153188819926880_4453609000970703106_nAfter five years of living the dream, I’m announcing my departure as editor of Streetsblog San Francisco on September 30.

Stay tuned for the official job posting for the editor position (but if you want a head start, you can email a resume and cover letter to ben@streetsblog.org).

Passing the torch, of course, comes with a flurry of mixed emotions. So come help me cope at Streetsblog’s monthly happy hour tonight.

Writing for Streetsblog and serving as editor of the SF branch has been an incredible opportunity that I honestly never saw coming. During the blog’s first couple of years, I was an avid reader and mixed it up in the comments section. While studying at SF State, I developed an unshakable fixation on sustainable transportation advocacy, bolstered by the coverage I read on Streetsblog. Little did I know I would dive head-first into it and become embedded in the world of SF transportation politics.

For me, the experience has been a transformational, one-of-a-kind education. I’ll always be grateful to Bryan Goebel and Ben Fried, the editors who believed in me, invested their time, energy, and patience, and taught me pretty much everything I know about journalism.

Thanks also to everyone who has supported Streetsblog, whether it be with donations, photos, story tips, or just reading and spreading the word.

I also have to thank all of the advocates, residents, and folks at City Hall and other agencies who have provided a bedrock of encouragement and insight for my coverage over the years.

It’s been an honor to head up Streetsblog SF. Its future remains bright, and the search for a new editor begins now. I know Streetsblog SF will remain in good hands.

I’d love to see you all tonight at Streetsblog Happy Hour at Virgil’s Sea Room, which I still plan to attend each month when I can. As with every third month, we’ll have free t-shirts and hoodies, and 10 percent of bar proceeds will support Streetsblog. So join me for a drink and a toast to Streetsblog SF’s next generation.

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