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Perry Hall Patch Editor Emily Kimball Leaving Position

After launching the local news website in September 2010, the editor is moving on to a new role.

With a heavy heart, I announce my departure as Senior Local Editor at Perry Hall Patch. My last day on the job is Feb. 15.

After launching the site on Sept. 13, 2010, it's time for me to move on to a new role. Next week, I plan to begin working as a Senior Digital News Editor at the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

Will Perry Hall Patch continue? Of course it will. Get the daily newsletter, follow it on Facebook, blog and post announcements and events. All past stories and posts will remain searchable in the site's archives.

Who will take over as the site's editor? A full-time editor and reporter, exclusively over Perry Hall, has not yet been arranged. In the meantime, multiple surrounding editors will assist with coverage. Associate Regional Editor Sean Welsh will manage the site through the transition. Contact him at sean.welsh@patch.com with story leads, breaking news tips and questions.

The story of how I got here and what I've done begins long before launch day.

I grew up in Perry Hall. In fact, my mother's decision to have a home birth—quite radical for the 1980s—means I'm one of few who can claim to have actually been born in Perry Hall (talk about kindergarten bragging rights).

Growing up, I spent an inordinate amount of time playing in the Gunpowder Falls State Park and taking bike rides around Schroeder Avenue and Perry Hall Road. I attended Kingsville Elementary and Perry Hall Middle. I worked at a few small businesses in Perry Hall and White Marsh and graduated from Perry Hall High in 2004.

When I finished my graduate work in journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, the industry was at an all-time low, the big names in media were firing, not hiring. I struggled to write a positive sounding final portfolio essay, so I focused on something I could get passionate about—Perry Hall.

I wrote the following in December 2009: 

"It took nearly nine months of graduate work  ... before I started seeing myself as a journalist. Of course, I introduced myself as such over the phone, during interviews and at my internships. But I always felt somehow like I was lying, as if I were not yet worthy of the title ...

"My self-perception changed this past summer, when, while visiting my parents in Perry Hall, a smallish town in northern Baltimore County, I realized that the town I had lived in for the first 17 years of my life had no local news venue. I found nothing tailored to the needs of the local resident. A town of nearly 30,000 people, I thought, would surely benefit from an online hub for advertising yard sales, posting pictures of pets and reporting on local crime, census results, elected officials, school activities and meetings held by the Perry Hall Improvement Association.

"The creation of this local news venue is my long-term career goal. The prospect of actually making a difference in my community inspired me to not only call myself a journalist, but to actually become one."

I wrote that four months before I had ever heard of Patch, a start-up recently acquired by AOL Huffington Post Media Group. When a Patch recruiter contacted me out of the blue, I thought maybe she had read my mind. It was a perfect fit.

Being a Patch editor is by far the most difficult and demanding job I've ever had. I've never managed so many roles, produced so much content or been accountable to so many readers. I've also never felt so much encouragement, made so many friends and felt so intimately involved in the community.

Good people live and work here in Perry Hall. They raise strong families. They volunteer to help the less fortunate. They patrol their neighborhoods. I've met thousands of you, and you have humbled and inspired me. Thank you for bringing me into your homes, businesses, schools and churches. 

Together, we built one of the company's most engaged Patch sites. I owe its success to this wonderful community. 

Thank you for making Perry Hall Patch your own.

Mark February 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM
I enjoyed your work here and i wish you the best of everything!
Mark Patro February 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Congratulations on your new job. You've done a great job here. Good luck on your new adventure.
Sean Welsh February 12, 2013 at 12:42 PM
I already beat you to it, Penny. Sean
Lisa Eisemann February 12, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Congrats! Best of, luck to you in your new life adventure. You've made PH Patch a terrific local news source - especially maintaining your professionalism when I know ot must have been difficult to deal with the ludicrous, inane and rude comments often posted on Patch. Best wishes - you will go far!
Miller Rd Miller February 12, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Emily, You have done a wonderful job with the Patch. You are a good role model for other young people growing up in Perry Hall and you have proven that hard work and perseverance does have its rewards. It's exceptional young people like you that make me believe there is still hope for positive future for the country. I wish you all the best!
Shirley Smith February 12, 2013 at 01:47 PM
We'll miss your hard work and dedication. Best of luck writing the next chapter of of your life!
Rebecca Jenkins February 12, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Thank you SO MUCH for everything you've done for Perry Hall! We are definitely going to miss your passion and enthusiasm for our town, and you have left some incredibly large shoes for the next editor to fill... Patch is going to have a hard time finding someone as dedicated and devoted to PH as you are. I wish you tons of success in your new endeavor and I hope you keep in touch!!
Emily Kimball (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Thanks everyone so much for your kind words! I've appreciated your support these past couple of years!
Laura S February 12, 2013 at 02:45 PM
You have done a great job - I will miss you. Good luck in your new position with the State.
Hugo Cabret February 12, 2013 at 03:05 PM
You will be sorely missed, Emily. Thanks for your tireless work, and I wish you nothing but success in your new job and all future endeavors!
Paul Amirault February 12, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Good Luck Emily. Sounds like you are preparing for a more "regular" job, a wedding, settling down, and having a family!
Victoria Jones Gabbai February 12, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Thank you Emily for your hard work over the years! I'm glad you started the PH Patch! We will miss you!
Jonathan Roland February 12, 2013 at 03:32 PM
You have done so much good and left a great legacy Emily! Thanks for using your vision and your energy and you adminstrative talents to create and nurture the Patch for Perry Hall. God bless you Emily!
Frances Craig February 12, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Thanks Emily Congrats and best wishes. You will be missed. You did an awesome job in keeping us informed and up to date with what was happing in Perryhall . Hopefully your replacement will be as passionate, dedicated and committed as you were. You did an exceptional job. Continue to be excited and enthusiastic in all that you do.
Heather February 12, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Good Luck Emily! You have done an exceptional job for the the people of Perry Hall and you will be missed. Wishing you all the best!
Pat Crum February 12, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Best of Luck in your newest endeavor. You have been a blessing to this area by keeping us informed about everything that is going on. I remember when you attended our first PCRC 8 meeting as a new editor. We knew then that you would go places. You will truly be missed. Pat Crum, Treasurer PCRC 8 and the Board of Directors
Greater Baltimore Medical Center February 12, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Congratulations Emily on the new position and good luck!
JCG February 12, 2013 at 05:01 PM
You've done a great job in Perry Hall. Good luck in your new endeavor.
Tim Windsor February 12, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Congratulations on a job well done at Patch, and welcome to your next challenge at DBED. See you in a week!
Darcy Cahill February 12, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Dear Emily, I wish you great success in your new venture! Thank you for everything you did to support our new Perry Hall Library. I was impressed with you from day one, and I know you will do great things for MDBED!
tack8 February 12, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Good luck and Godspeed
evandernance February 12, 2013 at 10:00 PM
It is always sad to see someone depart who has done an outstanding job in reporting the events that affect all of us in the Perry Hall community.But, when opportunity comes, one must seize the day.that brings with it greater responsible and challenge.Our best wishes go with you, Emily.Onward to greater possibilites.We will miss you.
Marty Warren February 12, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Dear Emily, Thanks for everything
John Doe February 13, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Good luck, Emily! Thanks for launching the Patch.
Tracy Dietrich February 13, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Emily - you will be sorely missed - why an amazing job you did. Your new employer is lucky to have you! And I second what @Lisa Eisemann said!
Gi-Gi February 14, 2013 at 03:29 AM
Congratulations and best wishes as you continue on your journey to be an astounding journalist.
Susie V February 15, 2013 at 04:53 AM
I hope the peoples cruel comments towards you did not play a role in your decision to leave thee Patch. Good Luck in your future endeavors!!!
Justin Fisher February 15, 2013 at 06:49 AM
Thanks Emily for everything you have done for this community. The patch has really brought us closer together with what is going on around us. I hope you go where you want to go and become who you want to become, but don't forget about the "family" you have here in Perry Hall.
Kathleen Smero February 15, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Congratulations on your new position Emily. Wishing you much success. You did a great job at The Patch!
Ed Stacy February 20, 2013 at 09:39 PM
You have done so much for the community. Thank you.

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