Kristin Bull Says Goodbye to Rochester Patch Readers

Rochester Patch editor is embarking on a new adventure.

There's no easy way to start this story. 

I'm moving on. There. I've said it.

After 2 1/2 years of covering everything from cupcakes to community garden controversy, here I am writing my last stories for Rochester Patch. My final words as editor will be typed Wednesday, March 27.

This is bittersweet news to report.

I've never truly understood that word — bittersweet — until now. You see, I've loved my time at Patch: I can't think of any better way for me to have become fully immersed in my city.

Ask my friends, who, while dining at the newest restaurant around town, have never complained when I've asked them to "take a photo of what you're eating" so I can post it on the Patch Facebook page. 

Ask my neighbors, who have put up with me running over to their back deck at odd times because they have a picture-perfect vantage point of the rainbow up above.

Or ask my family, who have been dragged to ribbon-cuttings and city council meetings, not to mention a fire truck dedication ceremony, two Festival of the Hills celebrations and three .

I've enjoyed being a part of all that is Rochester and Rochester Hills, and I feel honored to have brought you all along with me on that journey.

But, for me, it's time for change. 

I'm on to the next great adventure in my journalism career: next month I'll join the editing staff at Crain's Detroit Business, where I'll have an opportunity to help build an online news community like the one I've built here in Rochester.

Starting Thursday, the talented John McKay takes over as editor of Rochester Patch. John is already a Patch pro: for the past two years, he has been the editor of Plymouth-Canton Patch. John grew up in Fenton and has family ties to Rochester; he'll be moving to town soon, and I assured him you would all help make him feel at home. (You can reach John here.)

I'll miss all of the Patch readers that make this town great. I promise to drop in (via the comments section, reviews in the business directory, or maybe even the "Local Voices" area of Patch someday).

Thank you for letting me tell your stories.

M March 26, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Great job Kristin! Magnificent effort of excellent journalism. Hope the new job is everything you hope it will be. Best of luck!
Kathy March 26, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Congratulations Kristin! So many of us have come to love the Patch and it's because of you and your news updates, quirky and fun stories as well as supporting those of us with businesses and non-profits in the community. Best wishes at Crain's!
Sally Edwards March 26, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Thank you, Kristin, for your enthusiasm, your wonderful articles about our fantastic city and for making my computer my "go to" for the latest local news. Best of luck to you!
Jason Alexander (Editor) March 26, 2013 at 08:35 PM
You will be missed by your community and your colleagues. Best of luck to you.
Meredith McCutcheon March 26, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Congratulations, Kristin! Best of luck!
Janice Rex-Weaver March 26, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Noooooo say it isn't so!!! While I am very happy for your new endeavor (you will be a GREAT addition to Crains, they are lucky to have you), I am sad to see our community lose you in this capacity. I am sure I will see you around town still, I hope this John guy understands this Peaceful Birthing lady like you did!!!!
Ruth Stephens-Collins March 26, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Kristin - Congratulations and good luck on your new opportunity with Crain's Detroit Business. You have been an amazing editor of the Rochester Patch and will be missed.
Joshua Raymond March 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Kristin, thank you for providing views of our community, a voice to passionate bloggers, news on our schools and governments, and a steadying hand on the site. You will be missed, but Crain's will have gained a great journalist!
Brian March 26, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Best of Luck Kristin.
Jaymes Vettraino March 26, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Kristin - Wow, the comments speak for themselves, and I would just like to add my "thank you" to the bunch... I have truly enjoyed working with you and look forward to still seeing you downtown (with or without your camera!).
Sandy Tabacchi March 26, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Thank you for introducing me to Patch, for all the news articles, the community events, recommendations on dentists, carpet cleaners, et al. It's information like this that makes a community rather than just a place to live. I wish you well with your new job and will look for you in comments and hopefully an article once in a while. Life is bittersweet, each day holds some of each, you helped to bring a bit of sweet each day.
Bruce Bean March 26, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Well done, Kristin - Cream rises to the top, and you've proved that to us all.. You'll be missed, Best wishes in the future.
Jessica Carreras March 26, 2013 at 11:54 PM
You did an amazing job with Rochester Patch, Kristin. Best of luck!
Chris Doan March 27, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Good luck to you, Kristen, and thanks for your dedication to Rochester Patch!
chris murray March 27, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Patches loss is Crain's gain. You have done a remarkable job with the Rochester Patch and I will miss you.
Cortney Labbe March 27, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Kristen, thank you for all you've done for Rochester, but, for example, what you did for my family, when our condo burnt down. That is only one of the ways you have touched so many of us, and know that (in the words of Bye Bye Birdy, wherever 'she' may go, we will folo 'her...') love you dear...
John McKay (Editor) March 27, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Greetings, everyone! I'm your new editor as of Thursday and I can't wait to get started! I certainly have big shoes to fill following Kristin's amazing tenure here in town. She has spoken highly of this town and I look forward to meeting everyone here! Feel to reach out with any questions: john.mckay@patch.com.
N. C. March 27, 2013 at 03:06 AM
THANK YOU, KRISTEN, for all your hard work and dedication to our community. YOU WILL BE MISSED!
Amy Whipple March 27, 2013 at 03:25 AM
The community really got to know you through your stories, pictures and passion. Your love of telling stories and reporting on our amazing cities was evident. I look forward to my daily update on community happenings and know you will do amazing things at Crain's. Great job!
Linda March 27, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Thank you Kristen for all that you have done to keep our community up to date! You will be missed. Congratulations on what sounds like another wonderful opportunity and best wishes as you pass the baton!
Kevin Bull March 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM
This remarkable string of comments is a testament to the impact Kristin had on the community, its readers and the evolution of Rochester Patch. It went from an unknown startup to the most trusted source for news in Rochester. She stayed up late for election results and rose early for school closings. She made you laugh and other times made you cry. She inspired many and informed countless others. She worked tired. She worked sick. She worked hard. She gave everything she had. I know because I saw it all. I could not be more proud of what she accomplished at Patch. Take a bow, Kristin.
Erin March 27, 2013 at 12:03 PM
Kevin - agree with everything you say, she's a hero to us moms. But I must add, that as a wife and mom, I know that having a supportive spouse can make all the difference in acheiving your goals. I'm guessing that you were there every step of the way. So, you should take at least a mini bow with Kristin. OK you guys, totally making me well up here! (sniff) Have a great day!!
anna March 27, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Kristen, u are an amazing women and have done an outstanding job with the Patch and u will be missed!! Congratulations on your new venture u will be great!!
Carol Cooper March 27, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Kristne, It will be sad to se you go, just as we were building links between The Patch and the Rochester College student online magazine, The Shield www.rcshield.com You will be missed, Carol
joe tiano March 27, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Good luck, i've enjoyed reading your work =]
Rebecca March 27, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Good luck Kristin, enjoy your new endeavor:)
Timothy Maurer March 27, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Kristin, Thank your for your dedication and hard work. Also, thanks for trying to keep McVader and the Hip Hop Mayor of the Hills honest.
Erin March 27, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Kevin - agree with everything you say, she's a hero to us moms. But I must add, that as a wife and mom, I know that having a supportive spouse can make all the difference in acheiving your goals. I'm guessing that you were there every step of the way. So, you should take at least a mini bow with Kristin. OK you guys, totally making me well up here! (sniff) Have a great day!!
Karen Rohner March 27, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Thank you for your hard work and dedication to getting news stories out to us so quickly. I always knew I could turn to Patch.com and Kristin Bull for a blurb on what was going on each time I saw something happening in Rochester. It was great meeting you at Barnes and Noble........keep checking Kensington's website (you know! Karen
Kristen Skladd April 02, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Best of luck at your new position, Kristin! You've done Rochester proud!


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