As 2017 turns toward 2018, more than just the calendar is changing at Columbus Monthly.
Beginning Jan. 2, senior editor Dave Ghose is taking the editor's reins at our sister publication, Columbus CEO. Its current editor, Mary Yost, has earned her dream job to oversee the editorial page at the Columbus Dispatch, and Dave was wisely chosen to replace her. Both Dave and Mary are supremely qualified for their new roles, and I couldn't be more excited to watch them take on those responsibilities, lending their smart voices and vision in new ways to enhance local journalism and, thus, the city overall.
Happily, I'll have a front-row seat to watch both make their marks. Mary is moving one floor above us inside our Dispatch Media Group home at 62 E. Broad St., while Dave is moving just six chairs away. With a good throw, and just the right loft, I'll still be able to hit him with a paper clip if I'm so inclined. But more importantly, I'll continue to work with him every day, and get up, walk over and ask for his input if I need it, just as I've done for years.
Dave and I have worked together since our first stints at Columbus Monthly in the early 2000s, and again when we came back to the magazine, hired the same week of August 2015 by our old editor and new publisher, Ray Paprocki. Since then, virtually every story and most of the words that have appeared in this magazine have been looked at, chewed on and bounced back and forth between us.
As such, I admit to feeling a pang of sadness. It's been a fun, rewarding professional relationship, and I like to think we've made each other, and this magazine, better in the process. The past month has been just the latest example, as I watched Dave pull together the hugely complex story about the tensions surrounding Ohio State's medical system that appears on Page 40. I heard him interview the subjects. We discussed the themes and narratives as they emerged and talked about the players. And when the finished story appeared in my inbox, I read a compelling, important piece of journalism and couldn't help but applaud silently. It's the kind of masterful reporting and writing that has earned Dave, and, thus, Columbus Monthly, countless awards and countless fans among both subscribers and the subjects of his stories.
We'll find a new writer and editor to fill what Dave calls the best job in Columbus journalism. That person will bring an impressive set of skills, a new voice and new ideas to Columbus Monthly, and I look forward to that, as Dave looks forward to his new role. Change is invigorating, and pages are designed to turn. We filled a lot of them together, and that's made us better prepared to fill them a few chairs apart.