When I covered the auto industry for a local newspaper many years ago, some of the autoworkers took to calling me Lois Lane. I’d show up in my fitted suits — notepad in hand — at the plants, at local bars they hung out at, and in parking lots where some of them drank beer to deal with the horrific summer heat in non air-conditioned facilities.
Even though I knew some of workers were mocking me a bit, I secretly was proud of the title. All I ever wanted to be was a reporter since I was probably around 11 or 12. Lois Lane happened to be my idol early on when I’d watch reruns of the original Superman series.
So, what’s weirder than a career writer writing about her new career?
Yes, I’m leaving the world of full-time journalism and heading into the nonprofit world. But I won’t be leaving the workplace and labor world my friends.
As of mid August, I’ll be joining a New York-based think tank called Families & Work Institute, or FWI.
I’ll still be blogging about workplace issues here on CareerDiva and writing occasionally for NBCNews.com, but my full-time gig will be getting the message out about the great research and advocacy FWI does.
This moment is bittersweet. I leave behind a profession I’ve loved for more than 20 years, and I leave behind a great crew of journalists at MSNBC.com, now NBCNews.com.
Change can be scary. I’ll admit that. But change is what makes our lives exciting and enriching. (more…)