On Friday afternoon, after more than 17 years hosting The California Report, I signed off for the last time. I'm moving on to become KQED's senior editor for California politics and government.
It is, in a way, coming full circle. When KQED invited me to host The California Report in 1998, I was a partner in a political consulting firm. It's not your typical entree into journalism and it still amazes me that KQED's Raul Ramirez had the chutzpah to hire me!
I had a steep learning curve. And that's not false modesty. I had worked in radio before, but nothing like this. I knew very little about the craft of journalism or storytelling for radio.
I arrived in the waning days of cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tape machines and editing with grease pencils and razor blades.