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New Faces & Roles at El Cerrito Patch

Effective tomorrow, Monday, El Cerrito Patch Editor Charles Burress becomes a reporter for several East Bay Patch sites, including El Cerrito, while two additional Patch editors will join the team managing El Cerrito Patch.

Dear Readers,

The management of El Cerrito Patch is changing. Beginning tomorrow, Jan. 7, I will begin a new role as an East Bay Patch reporter, covering El Cerrito and other Patch towns.

At the same time, Patch editors Dixie Jordan and Analisa Harangozo will be joining the team, taking care of programming the content for El Cerrito Patch and helping readers post their own content, blogs and events on the site. I hope you'll join with me in welcoming them.

In the future, you can communicate with the El Cerrito Patch staff by writing to elcerrito@patch.com.

A personal note

I have worked many years as a journalist in the Bay Area for several news organizations, and I can say that my experience as the editor of El Cerrito Patch since its , has been among the most gratifying.

The responses I've received from a large number of readers show that there's a deep desire and appreciation for community news and information.

My gratification has been enhanced by my being a long-time resident of El Cerrito and feeling that I've been given the privilege of working for an enterprise that can make a positive contribution to my own community. An extra bonus has been the opportunity to get to know and work with many of the outstanding people in El Cerrito and Kensington that I had not met before.

I'm not going away. I'll continue to provide news coverage for El Cerrito, along with other Patch localities, though my role won't be as exclusively focused on El Cerrito as before. Nor will I continue to have chief responsibility for what appears on the site.

So I just wanted to take the opportunity at this moment of transition to thank all of the readers and contributors who have made it possible for El Cerrito Patch to develop into a valuable community resource – and into a rewarding place for an El Cerrito journalist to ply his trade.

– Charles Burress

Michael Balmaceda January 06, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Thanks, Charles, for your great work - you've made el Cerrito patch into an invaluable local resource for news & information!
Laurie Stern January 06, 2013 at 03:44 PM
That's wonderful, Charles! I really enjoy reading The Patch and seeing what's going on locally and best of luck on your newest venture!
Alonn Ilan January 06, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Thank you for all of your hard work, Charles! The Patch is an asset that helps turn the city into a community.
shirley kirsten January 06, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Great working with you Charles. Your support for the arts is undying. Best of luck with your new assignment!
Louisa Hufstader January 06, 2013 at 05:59 PM
You've been a great editor, Charles, and always an outstanding reporter. So this makes sense and I hope you have lots of fun with it. Change is good. I'll miss working with you after I transfer to Martha's Vineyard Patch next month.
Leslie Moore January 06, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Thank you Charles so much for all of your hard work and especially for your complete and consistent coverage of our local public schools. I really appreciate you support. NEW EDITORS!! YOU HAVE BIG SHOES TO FILL!!
isabel Lau January 06, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Charles, I look forward to following your stories. Best wishes to you and the newest members of El Cerrito Patch.
Betty Buginas January 06, 2013 at 08:47 PM
So how will the editing be split between Dixie Jordan and Analisa Harangozo? Does Charles have a particular beat? Is there a list of East Bay Patch beats somewhere? Will emails to elcerrito@patch.com get answered quickly or is there a better way to contact someone if there is breaking news? Will the El Cerrito City Council meetings still be covered?
John Stashik January 06, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Best wishes in your future position with the Patch. You've been a good reporter of El Cerrito news, working day and night, to keep us well informed on the hyper-local news of the city. It is too bad that when you're away from the El Cerrito Patch, the site is nothing but filler with little local content. That is probably the decision of the corporation running the show. After all, they are supposed to make money, not just provide free news to Internet readers. Much content lately that runs in numerous Patch sites at the same time, most likely to generate comments, readership, and attempt to boost advertising revenue. I wonder if AOL even knows what they're doing. Back to Charles: good work. Hope to see more El Cerrito local news by you or others.
Dorothy Coakley January 06, 2013 at 11:59 PM
An aside: Charles has been an excellent *local* source for a town that lies sandwiched between several larger entities. I'll miss his fair and timely reporting. Prior to Charles, Betty Buginas ran the (also very local) EC Wire which was one of my primary sources for knowing what was happening in my hometown. The future? Hoping the new editors will realize the uniqueness of our "bedroom" community and will continue to give us spirited *local* content in the spirit of Betty and Charles. Meanwhile, thank you to both of you. Your years of reporting have been much appreciated.
Kathy A. January 07, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Thanks, Charles -- glad you are not leaving altogether! I appreciate your dedicated work to make this site an excellent resource for El Cerrito and Kensington. Welcome, Dixie and Annalisa! I'll echo the wish to keep the EC Patch content local, as much as possible. And Betty, great questions!
Charles Burress (Editor) January 07, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Louisa, thanks for the kind words, and I'm sorry we're losing you in the Bay Area, but suppose it's good news for Martha's Vineyard. Best wishes for happy Patch adventures on the East Coast!
Peter Goodman January 07, 2013 at 05:45 AM
Charles, your neighbor in Albany appreciates your good work as well. Hope some of your time can be devoted to Albany doings, as the generic regional/national Patch feeds are not very informative, and I assume that goes for El Cerrito Patch as well. Glad you and Patch are sticking around!
Charles Burress (Editor) January 07, 2013 at 06:26 AM
Hi Peter, thanks for the supportive comment. It's certainly my intent to add Albany coverage to my portfolio and would appreciate tips and suggestions from you and other Albany readers.
Irene Theodore Heinstein January 07, 2013 at 09:36 AM
Thank you, Charles. The Patch is a must-read daily for me. I check out other Patches, back in my home town for one, and I have found the El Cerrito content superior and more representative of all the smaller communities within our wonderful city. Glad we'll still be hearing from you.
Dorothy Coakley January 07, 2013 at 08:56 PM
"I have found the El Cerrito content superior and more representative of all the smaller communities within our wonderful city." Hear, hear, Irene! You are so right!
Alex Gronke (Editor) January 07, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Good question about alerting us to breaking news. Here are the options: Email elcerrito@patch.com. Tweet us at @elcerritopatch. Call Dixie at 510-227-9593. As for beats and editing duties, you can expect this trio of editors to share many responsibilities and you can expect those responsibilities to evolve.
Toni Mayer January 08, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Thank you, Charles. i agree. The new editors will have big shoes to fill.
Charles Burress (Editor) January 08, 2013 at 01:58 AM
I just want to say thanks for all these supportive comments (and offer apologies for not responding to them all individually). Such encouragement is one of the best rewards of the job.
Betty Buginas January 08, 2013 at 04:25 AM
Thanks, Alex
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) March 26, 2013 at 03:57 AM
Go, Charles, go! Best wishes to you on your new journey at Patch!

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