Fare Thee Well, Dear Readers

Daniel Doherty
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Posted: Aug 21, 2015 1:00 PM
Fare Thee Well, Dear Readers

After more than four years as an intern-turned-employee at this great outlet, I am now writing to inform you that today is my final day at Townhall. As such, this will by my final post as a member of the Townhall editorial team.

I am not leaving, however, because I have suddenly grown angry or cynical about politics as usual – although it is hard not to become cynical at times. It comes with the territory. On the contrary, I have relished and cherished my time here, and thus will deeply miss the people with whom I’ve worked for so long and now call friends. Choosing to leave here has, in fact, been an extraordinarily difficult and gut-wrenching decision.

And yet for those of you who follow my writings, perhaps the reason I am moving on to the next phase of my career is not so very surprising: I’ve taken a position teaching History at a private high school in the Boston area. Thus, as much as I love thinking about (and writing about) politics, polls, the 2016 horse race, and especially presidential debates — it is History, above all else and through it all, that has become my greatest passion.

Almost since I can remember, I have been fascinated by the past. It was for this reason that I majored in History as an undergraduate, and is the reason now that I am pursuing a master’s degree in the subject as well. And while I once relocated from New England to Washington to embark on a career in journalism, I am now excited to spend my days teaching, reading, and perhaps even writing about History in the region of the country I’ve always called home.

Before leaving, however, I would like to say a few brief words about my colleagues. I am greatly indebted to Katie Pavlich and Guy Benson, both of whom have generously and graciously supported me during my time here. After working with them for so long, I can truly say one would be hard-pressed to find two more accomplished — and more committed — young journalists working in Washington today. The conservative movement has benefited enormously from their contributions.

And to the fantastic editorial staff at Townhall — Cortney O’Brien, Matt Vespa, Christine Rousselle, Leah Barkoukis, and Amanda Muñoz — I offer my sincere thanks. They work harder than most readers probably know. They labor evenings, weekends, and sometimes even early mornings to ensure that everything on the website is functioning and working properly. They also write a great deal, and Townhall would not run as well without them.

Finally, I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Kevin Glass and Jonathan Garthwaite. Both Kevin and Jonathan took risks hiring me full-time four years ago, and I remain ever grateful that they did.

To our readers: We at TH know full well that without your continued interest and support, this website would not exist. So thank you. After all, we couldn't do what we do without you.

And with that, my friends, to quote a favorite fictional character of mine, “I bid you all a very fond farewell!”

DD