Position at the paper: Reporter, copy editor, books columnist
Years at the North Shore News: 2006-2009
Current position: Book publishing
I got a job at the North Shore News in 2006. I was hired as a reporter, and one of two people responsible for finding (or not finding) typos before the pages went to print. I was also handed the keys to an eccentric collection of small sections, including the News Around the World feature of travel photos, which was red hot real estate back when social media was still in its infancy.
As time went on, I asked to write a column about my favourite subject, books and writers, and to my great surprise no one said no – giving me the unfathomable ability to call up my favourite authors for a chat. Eventually, that love of books boiled over into a career in book publishing, and I moved on in 2009. I do miss it. A newsroom filled with smart and funny and fascinating people is a lucky place to be. ◆