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Farewell, Prince George's


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Published on: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

By Erin Klema

In 2010, I 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 in my tenure, The Sentinel broke the news that former County Executive Jack B. Johnson was arrested following an FBI raid of his Mitchellville home and county office. Over the following year, our staff 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 our news coverage through 2011.

Fast forward two years and our lead stories now focus on development and change. As county leaders implement new policies and violent crime steadily declines, 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. 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.

We 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 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.

Follow Erin's travels on her blog, Where Erin Goes.

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