A message from departing Denver Post journalist Lynn Bartels, distributed to Denver Post staff this morning:
Dear Denver Post:
Folks, I am taking the buyout, coming two days short of a 35-year career in journalism. The decision wasn’t easy and I have to thank you for providing me a home after the Rocky Mountain News closed.
I appreciate your putting up with my many eccentricities: bloodcurdling screams when moths come near my desk, an almost pathological fear of driving in the snow or at night and turning in stories that say -ffect because I still can’t figure out when to use “affect” or “effect.”
When I leave, I’m going to need a 12-step program in order to break my addiction to writing for The Spot. I appreciate all the encouragement on that front, especially from Dan Petty, the wonderkid we all owe so much to.
I’ll miss e-mailing Paul Soriano late at night and Dan Boniface early in the morning, waking up Vikki Migoya on her day off to help me with Methode at the Capitol, relying on Dale Ulland to catch those grammar mistakes and calling Jim Bates at night or on Saturday about a tip.
Kevin Simpson, thanks for teaching me about the negative factor and for being a podmate for a while. Getting to know you better — after reading you all these years — was a treat.
The photo staff, wow. You guys have been so good to me from the start. Thank you.
I am forever grateful to Greg Moore for taking me on board and sharing my love of political intrigue; Curtis Hubbard and his note after the 2010 election; Chuck Plunkett’s humanity as an editor; Monica Brewer’s help doing payroll and expenses; Dana Coffield, for being able to answers questions about, oh, everything; and Lee Ann Colacioppo, for telling me to take as much time as I needed when my dad was sick.
Linda Shapley, my family loves you. Vince Carroll, I hold you in awe.
Our current political team is so much fun: thank you Joey Bunch, John Frank, Jon Murray and Mark Matthews for all that dark humor, fixing the typos in my blogs and the technological help (Did you know you can set an alarm on your iPhone? Yes, everyone knows, but you Lynn) .
And a huge shoutout to former Posties Tim Hoover and Jessica Fender, who probably should have felt the most threatened by my joining The Post but were among the most welcoming.
There are so many more people to list, but then I would violate our new rule about shorter stories. Just know I will miss the place.
Here are the comments of Politics Editor Chuck Plunkett, which he sent to the newsroom, along with Bartels’ note this morning.
I’m sorry to announce — I am heartbroken to announce — that Lynn Bartels, long the face of politics coverage in Colorado, has decided to take the buyout and start a new career at the secretary of state’s office.
Just trying to imagine working in this important swing state without Lynn Bartels seems impossible. Her reporting on both the daily grind and the big picture stories is always inspiring. Her ability to consistently break major news is well known. From the first day she joined The Post after the Rocky’s demise, Lynn has been an important, dominant force in our offerings. People who care about politics and policy in Colorado, from the big names to the workers in the trenches to readers whose names we may never know, will miss her. Lynn’s ability to humanize the stories and people she writes about represents one of the finest examples of the importance of the work we are fortunate enough to be doing.
Her encyclopedic knowledge of even the most obscure aspects of Colorado politics is something all of us have relied on for so long now we’ll probably need counseling to recover. Her list of contacts and sources in all the right places alone is priceless. Her many eccentricities helped keep us real in the face of daunting challenges.
And there is the overwhelming fact of her character. Lynn Bartels is one of the finest people I have ever known.
Please let her know how much she has meant to us.
Bartels did a good job covering OutHouse in all of its messy glory. Without her, the story would have taken longer to get any traction. She's covered other political stories in a journalistic manner.
She's a Republican, and that bias does come through in her blog, but she's kind of a moderate Republican. So she doesn't cut the Tea Party wing any more slack than she gives progressives.
In contrast, Art Kane's completely nonsensical "coverage"about Obamacare in the Post – or CRED's fake news " energy and environment" section produced by industry hacks – or look at the Pueblo Chieftain, unapologetically biased, leaving out crucial details like that Becky Mizel was one of the three OutHouse conspirators, or, today, that the Pueblo Republican Party is in deep financial doodoo. This may have a lot to do with Becky's husband's construction business advertising, which runs ads in the Chieftain and contributes tens of thousands of dollars each year to Republicans.
But, by contrast, Bartels looks like a paragon of journalistic integrity. It's all in the context.
She sure did do a good job and kept this blog percolating for weeks.
Completely agreed, mama. She is vastly better than the alternative we're about to experience.