An Editor's Farewell

Half Moon Bay Patch founding editor to take on new opportunities in journalism.


Close to two years ago, I embarked upon the journey of starting a daily news website called Half Moon Bay Patch.

I couldn't have been more thrilled. With its coastal setting, strong roots in farming, a harbor, natural beauty and love for all things pumpkin, Half Moon Bay was my kind of town and an ideal place for me to work as an editor and reporter. It also wasn't completely unfamiliar. Growing up on the Peninsula and visiting Half Moon Bay throughout the years — the first time on a nursery school field trip to the beach, in fact — my return has also been somewhat of a homecoming.

Since the months leading up to our launch in October 2010, I've met and spoken with community and city leaders, local authorities, residents, business owners and members of the Latino community. I've also gotten to know an eclectic group of farmers, fishermen, surfers, activists and artists — and many of you.

A journalist rarely gets the chance to directly engage with such a diverse group of people that make up the Half Moon Bay Coastside region. I've learned a lot from you and hope that our reporting has offered a valuable source of information which has benefited and enhanced your lives.

It's not without some sadness, then, that I will be leaving my position on Friday to further my passion for environmental journalism at GreenBiz, an environmental and sustainable business news site in Oakland where I will be both an editor and reporter.

Hearing your stories and reporting from the Half Moon Bay Coastside region from Montara to Pescadero over the last two years has been an amazing experience as a journalist. We've covered a , a of , the of the city's 50-year-old police department and a at Mavericks, as well as its more joyous . We've focused on , , and the around us. Our series of columns shared the voices of a group of local Latino residents in Half Moon Bay rarely heard from before. And who could forget the fun covering annual traditions like the and the preceding , , and ?

Along the way, you've trusted me and my incredible team of reporters and photographers to bring your stories to life through online print, photography and video. Contributions from , , , , , , , , , , , and have been indispensable, along with those from , columnists and , Día a Día coordinator and columnists , , and . Spanish translators and made the series possible. And the bulk of our directory was set up by , Melanie Samse and Wayman Barnes.

Many of you advanced our stories even further with your cogent comments and insightful conversations with fellow readers and residents. Others contributed through sending me news tips and photographs. Bloggers , , , , , , , , and took the time to share their expertise and perspectives. Thank you.

While Patch searches for my replacement, you'll be in good hands. Longtime Half Moon Bay Patch contributor Christa Bigue will be your guest editor. Please send all correspondence, news tips and press releases to her at xtapalmer@gmail.com. You can also contact Peninsula Patch Regional Editor Jamie White at jamiew@patch.com.

They say that it takes a village to raise a , and in the last two years, Half Moon Bay Patch has certainly grown up from the combination of daily reporting and your loyal support.

It's been both an honor and a pleasure to be your news editor, and I wish you all the best.


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Deb Wong May 16, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Can't believe it's been 2 years already, Kristine! All the Best on your new assignment.
Stuart Nafey May 16, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Kristine - Thank you for the opportunities to contribute and the support for my photographic art. You will be missed but I'm happy for your new adventure. Best of luck!
Joe Toschik May 16, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Kristine, It's been fun working with you. I look forward to a continued partnership between HMB Library and the Patch.
Suzanne Black May 16, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Best of luck, Kristine! You and PATCH have made a real contribution to our community.
Randie Marlow May 16, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I Love PATCH! Thanks for all of your hard work Kristine. You will be missed. It's hard to leave a place like HMB once you've gotten attached...so maybe we'll see you again in the future :) Good Luck in your new endeavours.
Laura McHugh May 16, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Kristine - you have done so much to elevate the quality of journalism here on the coast. You are a consummate professional, and supremely dedicated, and I have learned so much from you and your carefully selected contributors. I echo the comments above: your dedication has made a lasting contribution to the community. Though we will miss you here on the coast at Patch, we will be sure to follow you at GreenBiz!
Pat Kitano May 16, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Hi Kristine, it was great to meet you with Marian a year ago, and sorry to see you go!
Dirk Alvarado May 17, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Kristine – you covered a lot since your start with Patch two years ago and have been a great person to work with. I appreciate the opportunity you gave me to participate in the Dia a Dia series. You will be missed. Best of luck!
Brian Ginna May 17, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Sorry to see you go. You have done a great job showing the HMB Review what an online presence really is. Thanks and best of luck.
Islena F May 17, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Kristine, your consummate professionalism combined with grassroots community dedication will be missed. You're the friendliest editor I've ever known. Half Moon Bay will miss you! All the best in your new endeavors.
Rob Genovesi May 17, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Best wishes on your new assignment Kristine! Thanks for all your hard work in our community - you'll be missed!
Avis Boutell May 18, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Kristine, I'll really miss you. Hope all goes well with your new adventure and that you keep in touch. Thank you for all the dedication, professionalism, and enthusiasm that you brought to our Patch.
Christa Bigue (Editor) May 18, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Kristine, You are an exceptional journalist, extremely hardworking, bright, friendly, and approachable. I will miss your camaraderie and professionalism, working for you as a contributing writer/editor the past two years. You have established a strong foundation for Half Moon Bay Patch, and I am impressed by all that you've covered here and the connections that you've made in this community in such a short time. You’ve given plenty of opportunities for residents to comment on stories, share their opinions, post photos and announcements, and add events to the community calendar. This has strengthened the community and given many a voice. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work for you, to write so many great stories, and to be a part of such a dynamic team of Patch writers and editors on the Peninsula. It’s been a great experience. Also, thank you for making Half Moon Bay Patch what it is today, a community-based news site with a fresh and relevant way to find out about, and participate in, what’s happening on the Coast. I will now pick up the wonderful momentum you've started and continue your legacy as guest editor.
Kristine Wong May 18, 2012 at 07:07 AM
Thank you to everyone for all the best wishes, kind words and heartfelt comments. It's difficult to leave, but I know I'll always be part of the Half Moon Bay Coastside community after my time here. I can't think of a better and more qualified journalist to hand the reins to as I depart — thank you, Christa. It's been great getting to know all of you, and please keep in touch.
Drew Himmelstein (Editor) May 18, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Good luck, Kristine! We'll miss you.
Carol Wexler May 19, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Kristine, I am truly sorry that you will not be the editor for the HMB Patch any longer. I will miss your energy, articles and wonderful guidance for this on line news. You have become part of "my" community and I am sad to see you go. I wish you great success in your new post. I am sure you will do well. Take care!
Manuela Seitz-Hipkins May 20, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Best wishes Kristine! It was a pleasure to meet and to know you! Happy trails. Manu, Well Kiddos
George Muteff May 21, 2012 at 12:14 AM
I heard about the AOL purchase of Patch and the Huffington Post. That purchase provided AOL with more content and us with a new model for news delivery. But who was Patch? When Kristine started HMB Patch, I got my first real look; and I was impressed. I was on the east coast when HMB Patch came out, and didn't get the opportunity to fully appreciate it until I got home. The wide range of stories, topics, activities and engagement was mind bending. How did they (she) do it? The research in reporting, the unbiased reporting, the diversity of the pieces, the depth of the pieces was good; very good. She raised the bar. I first met Kristine from a silly picture that I guessed the location of. We did coffee. I found Kristine to be very engaging, a very good listener, very bright and well educated. She was friendly, polite, curious and all the things one wants in a friend, let alone a reporter / Editor. And she made / makes it look easy. A start-up anything is difficult enough. But to come to a place that one is not intimate with, set up shop and get busy catching up, and keeping up while all the while managing the site, her time and the time of others with such skill and grace is truly remarkable. Kristine has proven her multitude of skills day in and day out from day one. We all have benefited from Kristine's work. I have no doubt that Kristine will excel at whatever she does, wherever that may be. Thank you Kristine for coming here 1st
Corrine Bucher, Life Coach May 21, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Kristine - i echo all the comments that have been made already! thank you for all you have done these last 2 years. Good luck!
Lisa Clayton May 22, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Kristine~I just heard this news so I hope you will get my reply. You have made such a difference in our community and I enjoyed meeting with you when I won the picture contest. Your sincere interest in my business and suggestions of the avenues I could use to network and use the Patch to do so were so welcome. I followed you faithfully, not only because of your skill, will and passion, but for how you truly cared about our community. You are a rare trailblazer in the field of journalism as your belief in the true sense of community and in the people who live here came through in each story. Thank you for your dedicated efforts and commitments over the past two years. You DID make a difference. Wishing you all the best in your new adventures!
William Laven May 23, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Kristine, I'm sad to see you go, but wish you all the best at GreenBiz. "The grass is always GreenBiz-er???" Ugh. Patch is a great local resource and I know that its strength and trustworthiness is in large part due to your hard work and honesty. HMB is the sadder for your leaving.
Ellen Joseph May 25, 2012 at 08:01 AM
You will be missed, Kristine! Thanks for all your hard work, responsiveness and community outreach. It was great getting to know you and learning about your work as a videographer as well as writer and editor. Best wishes in your new adventures!


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