No Good Journalist Goes Unpunished

TO: The Inquirer

In my high school yearbook, I stated two goals: Owning the New York Yankees and winning atierneyslist.jpg Pulitzer Prize.

This was the late 80s. And who was winning all the Pulitzers? The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Inquirer was my first journalism job: a correspondent in the two-year program. I left to work in New Orleans, then returned to Philadelphia six years later. I thought The Inquirer would be my last journalism job.

For four years, I had the opportunity to work with people I liked and respected. I was given the chance to travel and write stories from exotic datelines like Baghdad and Brewton (Alabama). I made many friends. We managed to laugh even when things seemed dire.

So thanks, everyone, for a good run. If that Yankees thing ever works out, you’re all invited to sit in the owner?s box.

Good luck. And be careful out there.

Natalie Pompilio

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