When you open your next issue of Smart, it won’t be Kara Eberle smiling at you from the editor’s note.
It will be me.
I won’t lie. Coming into my new role — overseeing a glossy, bimonthly magazine with a circulation of more than 30,000 and a website that draws thousands of readers — is intimidating.
Last week, I pored over each word and photo in the 48-page July/August issue before sending it to the printer.
I sincerely hope you like it.
The truth is, I’ve always been a people pleaser. And I’m sure as Smart editor I’ll continue that tradition. I want you to love each issue, enjoy the stories we post on smartmagpa.com and feel like Smart is your magazine as much as it is mine.
And because of that, I hope you will feel comfortable telling me what it is you want to see online and in print. I want to get to know the Smart readers, and I want you to get to know me.
On Friday, I will finish earning my master’s degree in communication studies from Shippensburg University. I am a Penn State grad. I grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania. My mom, dad and fuzzy little brother (an old English sheepdog named Elwood) still live there — as does my 21-year-old sister when she’s not at college studying to be a teacher.
I have lived in southcentral Pennsylvania for almost five years.
Before joining the York Daily Record/Sunday News staff as a multiplatform journalist last August, I worked at a newspaper in Carlisle.
I live in Fairview Township with my boyfriend. We don’t have a cat, but, dear landlord, if you’re reading, I’d love the OK to get one.
I play in an adult kickball league. I own way too many cardigans. My favorite song is “Bennie and the Jets.” I love trying out local craft beers — as long as they don’t smell like feet.
And, at 26, I finally got a passport.
Now it’s your turn. Say hello when you see me at a Revs game or at the Women’s Show later this year. Shoot me an email at email@example.com.
I hope this is the start of a great friendship.
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