Editorial: Keep that spirit, Trumbull

Next week, these pages will be under the purview of a new editor. Steve Coulter will be stepping in as this paper’s lead writer and editor, overseeing the active, often wonderful and sometimes challenging town that is Trumbull.

I’ve warned him about all of you. Just kidding. But I have told Steve that Trumbull takes its news, its community and its issues seriously. I know he will too. It’s an important job and I know he will do it well.

Steve has most recently been an editor at our company’s only New York state paper — The Lewisboro Ledger. Before Lewisboro, he was a reporter at The Ridgefield Press. He worked under and learned from the same great journalists I worked with years ago as a reporter starting in this company. Having worked for now retired Executive Press Editor Jack Sanders and News Editor Macklin Reid gives him extra points in my book — not that he needs those. In 2014, he was awarded Rookie of the Year at the New England Newspaper and Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Competition for his work at The Press.

He is co-host of Hersam Acorn Network’s Radio Arts and Leisure show Friday afternoons at 1 on HanRadio.com.

As Steve is stepping in, I’ll be taking a step back from Trumbull, though not very far.

Our company, in our mission to deliver compelling, important and interesting local news and sports, is expanding our HAN Network broadcasting arm.

The HAN Network, which includes HAN Radio and our live video streaming of news and sporting events, was developed to deliver content, to you, our loyal readers, in a new way. I’ll be moving into a full-time role on that end, producing news from around southwestern Connecticut — including Trumbull.

You can find out more about what we are working on at HANRadio.com. Feel free to keep in touch with ideas and suggestions, just as so many of you did throughout my tenure as editor here (thank you for that, by the way). You can email me at kate@hersamacorn.com.

I also want to thank you, the entire Trumbull community, for a great and unforgettable experience. So many of you have inspired me and tested me in new ways as a journalist. I am truly grateful.

Having covered other towns and cities, I can honestly say there is much to be proud of about Trumbull. You care deeply and that comes out in varied ways. It might be a political spat online or at a meeting. It might be in the wake of one of those tragic moments that have caused the community to huddle together and hold on to one another for comfort.

Keep that spirit, Trumbull.

As of next week, please forward all complaints to your new editor. I’ll still take the compliments!