Personnel Note: Managing Editor Elizabeth Patton leaves Alabama Today

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A personnel update I’ve known was coming, but am still dreading writing. After starting with Alabama Today shortly after the site launched, writer/managing editor Elizabeth Patton is in her final days with us. Please join me and wish her well as she embarks on a new journey in her life and career.

There have been late nights and early mornings, blood, sweat and tears, several moves, a marriage and some kids added between us since she started; alas it has come time for a new chapter for Patton. Our loss is BL Harbert‘s gain as she starts a position as a part of their marketing team this week.

Patton managed and wrote for Alabama Today during many wild adventures; from the Mike Hubbard trial, through numerous election cycles (including the special election for U.S. Senate) and right through this crazy gas tax increase/mess. Patton has kept readers and the site up to date and helped boost posts to relevant audiences throughout the way.

She’s overseen almost a dozen different writers/reporters over the years joining me in the constant refrain and repeated goal “straight down the middle.”

Patton grew our social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, made sure posts were “made pretty,” and did much more than I could write about here. By the end of her time here, she could understand my cryptic emails and text, and is fluent in “Apryl Marie” — a foreign language skill that one can’t put on a resume, but is yet notable .

I wish her all the best and am grateful for all her hard work over the years.