Thursday, October 1, 2009

Statehouse reporter in Tacoma throws in the the towel

News Tribune reporter Joe Turner announced Thursday he is calling it quits after 32 years.

After 32 years as a reporter, nearly all of them for my hometown newspaper, I will be retiring Nov. 1.

I gave serious thought to taking a buy-out that was offered by McClatchy at the beginning of this year. But some of my colleagues in the Olympia Press Corps prevailed on me to stay for at least one more legislative session. I’m glad I did. It was an interesting and hectic session as the Legislature dealt with a $9 billion budget shortfall.

But now it’s time for me to leave. It’s pretty simple: The aggravations of the job outweigh the rewards. And those rewards were substantial. I have been the statehouse reporter for The Tacoma News Tribune -- It will always be the TNT for me -- for most of the past 20 years, a goal that I set for myself in college in the early 1970s.



Anonymous said...

32 years in and he did not take the buy out ? He will kick himself for not waiting a few more months and taking the next one.

Anonymous said...

He's trying to convince himself it was smart not to take the buyout and instead hang on for a few more months.

No matter how you do the math, he was a fool.