Happy New Year!
I was going to be done sharing tidbits about my colleagues with you by now since the holidays are over, but I happen to have a picture of Kathleen Kimble in a really cute, sparkly hat, so indulge me for just another.
Kathleen, or K2, is one of those people who really cares about local government, so I’m constantly grateful she’s in the newsroom. I just learned that she’s worked here 30 years. Can you believe it?
She’s worked here since reporters smoked cigarettes in the newsroom and used typewriters to write stories. That was a long time ago, and I have to wonder if in all those years K2 has ever brought Gadget the Wonder Dog to the newsroom. He’s her sidekick after work, and he plays football, both offense and defense. But I’ve never seen him!
Anyway, K2 is a news junkie, so she’s full of commentary on coverage and tuned into details when it comes to city government. Guess who is all ears? Yes. The city government reporter.
Kathleen is full of news tips, too, and you can bet that if something is on TV or Twitter that’s not on our website or newspaper and possibly should be, Kathleen will sound the alarm ASAP.
Her actual job is laying out pages, but in her tenure here, she’s also been a receptionist and librarian. Her official titles aren’t the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about Kathleen, though.
You know how we run the Western Montana Lives section on Mondays? Well, I think K2 reads the print edition of the Missoulian from cover to cover, every single obituary included. She clips obits of people she recommends we profile, and she puts them in a folder for us.
We’re on rotation for those features, so when it’s my turn, I’ll go looking for the folder that’s filled with ideas, many of them Kathleen’s. She underlines the interesting bits about them in the obit, and I like how she often picks people who are salt of the earth folks. So maybe someone didn’t win any great prizes, but he had a really great laugh or played the banjo in a band or drove truck all his life.
Anyway, now you’ve met some of the crew here. You can follow a lot us on Twitter, too, and if you want to follow K2, she’s @kathleenmkimble.
Onward and upward, and if Gadget shows up to work one of these days, I’ll let you know!
Oh, and I have a bonus round for you here. Last year when I profiled people’s pets, reader and commenter Ryan Morton shared a picture of his golden retriever, Annie Laurie. He shared another picture of her this year, and in a different haircut to boot. Enjoy.
— Keila Szpaller