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I'm a Patcher!

What a thrill to be officially introducing myself to you as the newest Patcher! I am so excited to be joining this amazing group.

A little about me: I live in the fabulous Patch town of Montclair, New Jersey, and have been an avid Patch reader for quite a while. Plus, I have a long history of working in hyperlocal, and I think that Patch is the best realization of that endeavor that I've seen, ever. Put it all together and I feel like I've landed my dream job.

In fact, I feel like I've come full circle. I began my online career in 1995 in the local editorial space, at an office a block away from the current Patch HQ. I worked as the City Editor of New York's first online guide, a precursor to Time Out New York that was called Metrobeat.com. I moved on to run the local parenting paper network for Disney's Family.com, and since then have worked for a slew of online lifestyles sites from iVillage to Parenting.com. It turns out that working for such a broad variety of sites, combined with my stint as a reporter in D.C. covering Capitol Hill and the FDA, has given me some great lessons in how to serve a readership and a digital business.

When it comes to Patch, there's an enormous amount to learn. I want to absorb as much as I can as quickly as possible. I'm really looking forward to coming aboard. 2012 is going to be a huge year; Patch's trajectory is tremendous; and there are great things ahead.

I'm just sorry I'll have to wait another 7 months for Chris Shea Day.

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