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Hicks: Our loss is Washington’s gain

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By Michael Hicks

If you know Sal Christ, you know she’s not one to toot her own horn. She’s never been one who has wanted to be in the spotlight. But there comes a time when someone should take notice of what others have accomplished, and that’s the point of this column.

A veteran journalist, Sal is leaving Evergreen Newspapers this week for a nine-month fellowship program with the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C. Yes, Ms. Christ is going to Washington, and we here couldn’t be happier for her.

Last year, she asked me if I would be willing to write a recommendation letter for the fellowship. I was honored to do so.

As I skimmed back through that letter in preparation to write this column, it reminded me — not that I needed to be reminded all that much — just how talented of a reporter Sal is. She has always had a drive to provide quality reporting that our readers not only expect from us, but deserve.

As I wrote in that letter, she is a staunch reporter who has no problem delving into any story that she was assigned.

She has a dedicated devotion to reporting the facts — no matter how challenging they can be to obtain sometimes. I have never seen a reporter who requested time and again information through Open Records requests as doggedly as she has.

She’s a go-getter who is dedicated to her craft, and she’ll be that way when she gets settled in her new environment in Washington, D.C., as well.

This fellowship was meant for Sal. She has a passion unlike no other I’ve ever met for the inner-workings of the political scene.

That said, however, her presence will be missed. Be it covering the Jefferson County or Platte Canyon school boards to tracking down our local politicians to her outstanding work on the Maggie Long murder case, she has brought veteran leadership to our newsroom. Sal is a valuable professional who exemplifies all the qualities one could ask for in a journalist.

Sal’s gain is truly our loss here. She is moving on to bigger and better things. Go get ‘em, Sal.

Michael Hicks is the editor of Evergreen Newspapers. He can be reached at 303-350-1039 or mhicks@evergreenco.com.