Updated on Monday, Oct. 14: Added links to Karlie Baker’s, Doug Miner’s and Kalen Ponche’s farewell messages.
The end is near for my friends at Patch in St. Louis.
On Aug. 16, a handful of us were told we were no longer a part of the company’s future. On that same day, the rest of the St. Louis crew heard they also were laid off, though their final day wouldn’t come until Oct. 15.
As that date draws closer, my former colleagues have started sharing farewell messages with their communities. I’ve loved reading them. What a classy and professional crew. You won’t find a tinge of regret or anger in their language; instead, you’ll read the reflections of editors who understand the impact of their work over the past three years.
Lord, I’m going to miss working with that team. Even amid layoffs, their words continue to inspire me.
Though the future of the sites remains uncertain, I wanted to collect the links here so I may revisit the posts one day. I intend to add more links as more messages are posted. I hope you appreciate the words as much as I do:
- Kurt Greenbaum, regional editor (posted on Chesterfield and Eureka-Wildwood)
- Candace Jarrett, local editor (Florissant and Hazelwood)
- Gregg Palermo, senior local editor (Ballwin-Ellisville and Creve Coeur)
- Maggie Rotermund, local editor (Clayton-Richmond Heights and University City)
- Tammy Duncan, local editor (O’Fallon and Wentzville)
- Gabrielle Biondo, local editor (Town and Country-Manchester)
- Doug Miner, local editor (Affton-Shrewsbury and Maplewood-Brentwood)
- Karlie Baker, local editor (Sunset Hills-Crestwood)
- Kalen Ponche, local editor (St. Charles)
“Here’s why we loved it: Every single day we did our jobs, we received immediate and personal feedback from Patch users who let us know they appreciated what we were doing…
And for my friends, dedicated readers and colleagues, I just want to say thank you.”