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Published on: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Farewell Prince George’s readers

I landed in Bowie in April 2010 and shortly after began reporting Prince George’s County news for The Sentinel. Over the past three years, it has been a pleasure to serve as managing editor and to see the county progress.

Early on in my tenure as editor, The Sentinel staff broke the news that Jack B. Johnson, county executive at that time, was arrested following an FBI raid at his Mitchellville home and county offices. Over the following year, The Sentinel continually reported on the corruption probe as it expanded to include other county officials, police officers, developers and business owners. Political scandal and homicides dominated the news coverage through 2011.

Fast forward two years and our lead stories now focus on development and change. As county leaders implemented new policies and violent crime has steadily declined, this has become a time of Prince George’s County’s renaissance.

The Gateway Arts District and National Harbor have spurred a rebirth of arts, culture and entertainment in Prince George’s. College Park began its first Restaurant Week this summer. Farmers’ markets can be found throughout the county. In September, I attended the first Taste Prince George’s Food and Wine Festival at Largo’s Six Flags America. The festival highlighted the county’s strides toward becoming the Washington, D.C., area’s next tourism destination.

This week that coverage of economic growth continues. Capital News Service reports that three casino candidates have been approved for gambling licenses in Prince George’s County. We also recently shared with you MGM Resorts’ design plans for its pending National Harbor project and news of Tanger Outlets hiring hundreds of local workers for its opening next month.

As the revolution continues here in Prince George’s, I hope to continue reporting on it from my new post as travel editor. I hope you will continue to follow my travels in The Sentinel and on my travel blog as I head back to my home state, Michigan.

So, Prince George’s Sentinel readers, I’ll say, “Auf Wiedersehen,” because I’ll be seeing you again soon on the travel page.

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