My name is Emily Kimball, editor of the Perry Hall Patch, an online daily newspaper covering the news that affects you.
Nearly a quarter of a century ago, I was born right here in Perry Hall. It's true—my first few breaths were in a little house nestled along the Gunpowder Falls State Park, less than a mile from the Perry Hall Mansion. Some of my favorite childhood memories include going to story time at the old Perry Hall library and buying syrupy treats from the Busy Bee Snowball Stand on Chapel Road.
After graduating from Perry Hall High School, I studied American culture, English and economics at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Though I thoroughly enjoyed my four-year stay out west, Maryland's thick, humid air, tall trees and rich history called me home.
For graduate school, I attended the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. While mastering the time-tested style points of public affairs reporting, I learned the strange and exciting new craft of online journalism.
I was soon published in multiple newspapers, magazines and websites throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Utah, writing about everything from major congressional elections to Mexico's drug war. My coverage of Maryland's budget crisis and education furloughs landed me a front-page story on The Washington Times. Months later, I wrote about luxury bathroom fixtures for HOME & DESIGN magazine. I built an eclectic and accomplished portfolio of reporting, editing and multimedia.
Then, on one fated April morning, just months ago, I was contacted by a recruiter and told I was a great fit for a position as an editor with Patch, a new nationwide media company that vowed to revolutionize hyper-local news.
Patch was already looking for an editor to start a news site in Perry Hall. I jumped at the opportunity and my life hasn't been the same since.
From restoration efforts at the Perry Hall Mansion to new housing developments on Honeygo Boulevard, Perry Hall Patch is your one-stop shop for news and information. I hope you'll check the site everyday for updates on local crime, schools, businesses, election winners, sports stats and more.
Readers can also access a full directory of local businesses and organizations and add their own announcements and events to the site. Whether you've lost your dog or decided to hold a yard sale, announce it to Perry Hall. The service is free.
Local businesses can find affordable advertising options on the site as well.
If you have a story idea, question, comment or suggestion, contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, feel free to come up and say hello the next time you see me at a local meeting or event.
Thanks for checking out the site. I'm really looking forward to meeting all of you!