Requiem for a freelance career? Unlikely

I’m just starting to settle in this week to my new job as the director of career services at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. My name is on the school’s webpage but I wasn’t expecting to see my byline in pixels anytime soon.

And then this popped up on the National Geographic website: ‘Shark Lady’ Eugenie Clark, Famed Marine Biologist, Has Died and I remembered why I was so busy as a freelancer — even when the number of bylines didn’t seem to match my work load. I was writing obituaries.

I won’t say how many obits I wrote for National Geographic but they include some very famous and amazing people about whom I learned so much during my research and interviews.

Clark, a native New Yorker who fell in love with sharks at the aquarium at Battery Park, was the first to pass away and thus her obituary is the first to be published.

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Who says you can’t go home again?

I owe a lot of who I am to the City University of New York. I first became a reporter for the Lehman College newspaper, Meridian. I met my husband, then the editor-in-chief, on Meridian. And I made some friends for life at the paper as well. So, what could be more fitting after a truly wonderful career, one that has taken me across the country and around the globe and allowed me to witness history as it was being made, than to come back to New York to help a new generation of journalists get their start in this amazing business?

The answer: Not much.

Which is why I am thrilled to announce that, starting February 23, I will be the new director of career services at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. You can read all about it here.

I believe the correct response is: Woohoo!!!