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A Farewell from your Patch Editor

Ohio Patch sites among hundreds losing local staff

Kent Patch editor Matt Fredmonsky. Credit: Self-portrait
Kent Patch editor Matt Fredmonsky. Credit: Self-portrait

As a wordsmith it’s not often I struggle to write a clear, concise message. But today I find it nearly impossible to say what can be encapsulated in a single, two-syllable statement: goodbye.

Some of you have heard by now that I’m leaving as editor of Kent Patch. My last day is Tuesday.

Patch is reviewing alternatives for some of its sites including Kent, but readers should rest assured they will be able to continue using Kent Patch. The local sites will remain, which means you can keep blogging, posting notes and for-sale items, but there will be no local editorial staff.

And so after more than eight years with my ear to the ground in Kent, including three with Patch, I’ve been given a pass on covering Kent City Council meetings, breaking news coverage and telling your personal stories of triumph and tragedy.

It has been an honor to have so many of you place your trust in me by letting me tell your story. I took each to heart — whether it was your fight against cancer or the challenge of opening your own business — and strived to weave the facts in a way that let people connect with your story. I hope you found the same value in the countless hours I spent tromping around Kent as I did.

Watching and reporting on the transformation of Kent these past few years has created a trove of memories I will treasure for a long time. Your community is thriving, and Kent is a wonderful place to be right now.

I will still be around Kent, as I’m teaching a course at Kent State University this fall. And I’m looking forward to spending as many hours in the seat of my kayak, paddling down the Cuyahoga River, as I did in those green torture devices called chairs at city hall.

So if you see me out on the river, bike path or in a local shop or restaurant, say hello. But for now, I have to say goodbye.

Thank you Kent for all your support!

Doug Pfeifer October 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Thank you for a job well done Matt. You will be missed.
Laurel Myers Hurst October 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Thanks for your thoughtful message, Matt! You've been an asset to this community.
Sarah Skibiski October 14, 2013 at 10:54 AM
Well that sucks! I enjoy your posts.
Jennifer Lennox October 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Matt-- sad to hear that. I always enjoyed working with you.
Tiffany Jones October 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Very sad to read this! My family did come to depend on "breaking" news from you and the patch!
Colleen Thoele October 14, 2013 at 11:22 AM
So bummed about this :( You will be missed, Matt. I have been reading for years. What can we do as a community to bring you back?
Jeanie Wills October 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM
You will be missed. Good luck on your future endeavors!
Bee October 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM
What a shock! Best wishes to you Matt. I have never met someone better in the field!
Ann Kardos October 14, 2013 at 12:08 PM
I'm sorry to read this, Matt. You've done a great job with KentPatch! Be proud of what you've accomplished and know that your work has been appreciated. Best wishes on your new venture at KSU. That's good news!
Cecilia Chambers October 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Thanks so much Matt and good luck in your future endeavors!!
Matthias P. October 14, 2013 at 12:55 PM
But... where am I going to get my Kent news from? Matt was always on top of reporting the local stories that never make it to other news outlets.
Todd Fisher October 14, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Good luck Matt. You will be missed by many. Thank you for your service to our community.
Cindi Rogerson Brown October 14, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Thank you for all that you have done. I am a avid reader of yours, Computer and cell phone, You will be missed, Good Luck in all your new adventures out there, Sincerely, Cindi Brown Gilbert
David Reith October 14, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Thanks for all your efforts, Matt. Let's hope the R-C picks you up, or maybe WKSU, the Stater, or another local communications agency so we can keep you here. Good job and good luck.
The Rev. David Pattee October 15, 2013 at 08:05 AM
You have been a great asset to this community, Matt. I'm glad to know we won't be losing you entirely.
Teresa K. October 15, 2013 at 08:47 AM
Matt: Good luck and much success where ever you go. Thanks for all your work and input. You did a great job!
Nancy Rice October 15, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Wow you will definitely be missed. You are such an asset to this community and did your job extremely well. It will be hard to replace. Good Luck Matt.
Dave Herpy October 15, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Thank you for your service to the Kent community, Matt! You will be missed at the Kent Patch. Best wishes in all your future endeavors!
Dave Mail October 15, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Excellent job. You will be missed. I have come to depend on your screening of Kent minutia. Good luck.
Ann VerWiebe October 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM
You did a great job, Matt! If you couldn't make the model work, no one could.
Brad Bolton October 15, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Well ain't that a kick in the pants. I enjoyed working with you contributing photos. Good luck with your teaching position, you deserve it!
BARB HIPSMAN October 15, 2013 at 03:41 PM
You will always be a good communicator and a really good, tough interviewer. Hope we find you back writing soon. Until then, thanks for all your hard work informing the public of Kent. Democracy only works when people share the same information - even though from different sources and views. Enjoy your break with the little one.
Rebekah Cotton October 16, 2013 at 06:45 AM
Well, there's no reason to bother reading Kent Patch anymore. Someone has made a grave error letting you get away. You've done a terrific job, and I'll miss your work.
Vincent R. Komenda October 16, 2013 at 09:32 PM
You're one of the hardest working, just and honorable editor/reporters in Northeast Ohio. Keep kickin' ass in whatever you do.
Tiffany Jones October 18, 2013 at 08:43 AM
maybe you should start your own news blog... any blog can be profitable if you have enough readers
janetstavole October 20, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Thanks so much, Matt. Thanks so much for your hard work and your excellent coverage of the community. Thank you for caring about Emmie when she was lost. It demonstrates how much you care about our community. We hope to see more of your writing in the future

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