Friday, May 22, 2015

Ann Wishart


After deciding to go with an English major and determining I would never have the patience to teach in the classroom, I declared my minor at Youngstown State University to be journalism and spent the last two years of my college career at The Jambar as copy editor.

I spent a couple of years as a green reporter at the now defunct Painesville Telegraph, then worked as a correspondent for the Warren Tribune-Chronicle while my daughters were toddling about our farmhouse in Kinsman.

My husband took an engineering position in Deming, a small town in the boot heel of New Mexico, where I wrote for and edited The Deming Headlight for five years. Then Phelps Dodge Corp. hired me to handle employee relations at its Playas copper smelter an hour west of Deming. When the plant was closed five years later, I packed up horse, dogs and daughter and moved to California where I was business editor for the daily Antelope Valley Press, which serves a huge portion of the Mojave Desert an hour north of Los Angeles.

After one daughter set up housekeeping in San Diego and the other graduated from Arizona State University and took a job in Oregon, I moved back to Northeast Ohio to be near my sisters and other family.

While living in Madison and seeking a home to buy, I was a stringer for the Ashtabula Star Beacon, then was hired by the Sun News as assistant editor in the Beachwood office until they downsized.

Having bought a house and 5 acres in Newbury, I contacted John Karlovec about writing for the Geauga County Maple Leaf and started reporting on a growing number of townships, villages and school districts. During that time I went to work as administrative assistant for Newbury Township.

Finally, last May, I found my way back to the newsroom when Glen Miller retired from his desk at the Maple Leaf. I am now covering the Geauga County Commissioners, Chardon City Council and a handful of communities and school districts, as my schedule allows.

Overall, I am thrilled to be writing for the Maple Leaf. It’s great to be back in the newsroom and to spend my time informing and entertaining the wonderful residents of Geauga County.