After 21 years in which he brought a plethora of experience and knowledge to the paper, Weekend Editor Rod Harrington will be leaving the News-Times for a position in Springdale, Ark., with the Democrat-Gazette.
The news spread quickly after he gave notice that this week would be his last and already everyone seems to agree, the News-Times will be losing a valuable member.
Rod is a regular renaissance man who not only lays out pages, writes a wonderful entertainment column each week and has more knowledge of the industry than most of us will gain in a lifetime, he’s also the guy who comes in each day with a new story and always cares enough to ask for updates in everyone’s lives.
Personally, I’ll miss the guy who would lean his head into my cubicle with a story that always began with, “Hey, did you hear about what’s happening in Phoenix now?” It was comforting in my first days here to have a former Phoenician and Arizona State alum circulating the newsroom as well.
From one Sun Devil to another, congratulations and good luck in Springdale, Rod!