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June 27, 2014 at 4:09 PM

One last goodbye

I know it has been a couple weeks of goodbyes since making it known I’m leaving The Seattle Times, but I wanted to offer one last thank-you. If you missed my post on the reasons behind my departure, here it is again.

There are countless people to thank, and like an Oscars speech, I’m sure to leave people out. But here goes:

I want to start by thanking The Seattle Times for this amazing opportunity, particularly editor Don Shelton, who hired me back in 2005, not long after I turned 20 years old, as a part-time news assistant. He also guided me to the Sounders FC beat when the position became available in 2010, and I’ll always be grateful for being able to cover the sport I love.

Thanks also to editor Bill Reader and my early mentor Danny O’Neil for their guidance on the beat. Thanks to the many desk editors for always making the copy look better than it was received, my fellow writers (colleagues at the Times, other Sounders reporters, and those around the country) for their friendship, and so many others at the paper for their help along the way.

In many ways, I’ve grown up during my nine years here, which makes it that much more difficult to leave.

Thanks to the Sounders for their kind gift and sendoff after my final practice earlier this week. It was unexpected and meant a lot to me. It was an honor to cover a class organization.

Thanks to my friends and family for their unwavering support, especially when I had to cancel plans due to breaking news.

Last but not least, thanks so much to the fans and readers for making me feel my work was valued. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you are the reason this job is so special. I’ll miss the press box, but look forward to sharing the stands and the bars with you, and hopefully we can have a beer together.

Feel free to keep in touch on Twitter.

All the best,
Josh

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