We’ve had quite a few comings and goings this year at the Charleston Daily Mail.
This week we’re saying goodbye to two more longtime employees (and friends), Monica Orosz and Cheryl Caswell.
Monica, our Life editor, played a role in hiring me here and was one of my first direct supervisors. She was also my buddy in my first middle manager role here, when I became city editor, which is a newsroom job like dispatcher and traffic cop.
She’s been a source of humor, blunt criticism (but usually only when warranted), great ideas and stories anybody would want to read.
Monica started working for the Daily Mail in 1984 and has worked on a variety of positions, including as a reporter covering business, city and county government and county courts, as business editor, assistant city editor and life editor. She will be dividing her time between West Virginia and South Carolina and working part time.
The Life editor’s position is being taken over by Zack Harold, who will keep those stories strong and interesting.
“I look forward to my next adventure and am confident Zack will bring a fresh and creative perspective to the Daily Mail’s lifestyle and entertainment coverage.
If you have a feature or WV entertainment idea for Zack in the weeks ahead, call him at at 304-348-4830 , or email@example.com. On Twitter, he is @ZackHarold. He also is debuting a new blog, “The Pop Machine,” at popmachine.dailymailwv.com.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail staff is also losing someone else — Cheryl Caswell, a stalwart and a Jill-of-all trades. Cheryl is leaving for three reasons — Ada, Bradley and Corbin. They’re her triplet grandsons, born just last month. Cheryl’s help is needed to take care of those little guys.
Alas, the Daily Mail will be missing someone who can do it all.
Cheryl has worked at the paper for 37 years. She was hired Christmas week in 1976 to cover the police beat. About a year later, she moved to the Lifestyles department under Julie Kemp, who was editor of that section at the time. Cheryl left in 1979 for about a year when her first child was born.
“When I came back, I believe I was Lifestyles and general news,” Cheryl said. “For several years, I did all the editing, reporting, photography and layout for Metro West, and then Metro North, which at the time were produced here in the newsroom and were much larger.
“When they were moved out of the newsroom, I was general assignment news and did a lot of legislative and state issues. I wrote probably hundreds of “My Turns” when that was a 3-times-a-week feature, mostly about my family and four kids.”
Her job description did not stop there.
“I have been the health reporter, consumer reporter, movie reviewer for many years, restaurant reviewer for 3 years, and reviewed local theater and music events for a long time. I have reported on all beats, including education, crime, state, city and county government.
“At some point some editor had me report in the mornings, work city desk afternoons and then copy desk doing layout afternoons.”
I was the one who asked Cheryl to be the courts reporter a few years ago, when we desperately needed one. That wasn’t exactly in her comfort zone. But she learned to love it.
Andrea Lannom will be covering legal issues for the Daily Mail from now on. If you have story ideas about the courts or the law, call Andrea at 304-348-5148 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow Andrea on Twitter @AndreaLannom.
We’ll miss Monica and Cheryl here, and I’m sure dedicated readers will too. But we wish them all the best in their new adventures.