Farewell Redwood City!

Jennifer van der Kleut will become your new Redwood City Editor as I step into the Associate Regional Editor role.

Hi Redwood City,

This is a super bittersweet post, the last one I write as the official Redwood City Editor.

With a team of stellar writers, photographers and videographers, we launched Redwood City Patch in December 2010. In less than two years, it’s become the go-to source for news, events and conversation, all thanks to you: the community.

Before launching the site, I had no idea how successful and widely read it would become. I didn’t realize how much the residents of Redwood City cared about their community, the issues and their neighbors. You all thirsted for a platform where you could devour news articles and have lively—and sometimes heated—debates.

Ever motivated by this desire to give you everything you could wish to read, I tried to cover the heck out of Redwood City—and loved every moment of it. Covering the local elections in 2011, witnessing the Redwood City School District’s first parcel tax pass and spotlighting new businesses moving to Redwood City’s downtown were all joys to report on.

But it was also the people I profiled who will remain memorable always. Meeting the firefighter who helped search for victims of 9/11, a selfless hospital volunteer who hadn’t missed a consecutive day in 363 days, and the Boys & Girls Club members who turned their lives around towards careers in music, will forever be special to me.

But you are all in fantastic hands as Jennifer van der Kleut takes the reins (look for her welcome article Friday!)

Jennifer has guest edited numerous times for Redwood City Patch and was born at Sequoia Hospital, so she is highly familiar with all the news and events we’ve been covering in Redwood City.

This community will always have a special place in my heart, and I’m so thankful that I can still pop in from time to time.

So when I’m around town, please don’t hesitate to say hi, because you can’t get rid of me yet!


Thanks for everything,



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Aaron October 04, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I don't like this .. and it isn't that I don't like change. I really just don't like this. Thank you, Stacie, for all the work you have done.. I will always think of you not only as a reporter, but also a servant of the Redwood City Community.
Jennifer van der Kleut October 04, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Hi everyone! I'm Jennifer, the new editor. I really really look forward to meeting so many of you and continuing the wonderful coverage Stacie has always given this community. And, don't worry, Stacie will still be around and I will be working with her every day as one of my managers. Got a news tip for me? Want to fill me in on ways you used to work with Stacie so we can continue it? E-mail me anytime at jennifer.vanderkleut@patch.com. And, look for an article on me and who I am in tomorrow's newsletter!
espo October 04, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Congratulations Stacie! Finding this site has reconnected me with whats going on in RWC (left in '71). My news roots goes back to the days of the Tribune (Al Spangler, David Schutz, editors) where I, along with a lot of other youngsters had after school bike routes delivering the paper (used the "tomahawk" folding method). Those were the days! Keep up the good work!
wotten1 October 06, 2012 at 04:00 AM
"Bon voyage!"---wishing you all the best in your new position with Patch, Stacie. You've been a great editor and doubtless will be equally successful as Associate Regional Editor---s'ya around Patch!
James Lee Han November 13, 2012 at 09:41 AM
I am totally late to this article but Stacie, you will be very missed! The quality of Patch websites can vary a bit from city to city and it all comes down to the editor to make their particular city's Patch shine. You really made RWC Patch a great news source and I am happy to see Jennifer following in your footsteps. (For those who are new to RWC Patch, Stacie did a great job as editor and she was always fair to Occupiers and non-Occupiers alike, which I very much appreciate. She was dedicated to capturing all of RWC's perspectives and making sure our city was accurately, completely covered.) Congrats on your promotion! :)


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