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Taking On a New Challenge

After nearly two years as West Deptford's editor, I'm moving on to a new assignment.

I’ve always had something of a competitive streak—challenge me to anything, from a game of chess to a half marathon, and I’ll try to find it in me to win.

So two years ago, when a former colleague asked me why I was ditching the world of newspapers to jump into a total unknown with Patch and asked me the fateful words, “What are you going to write about in West Deptford?,” I picked that gauntlet off the floor and walked out the door.

Two years and more than 2,000 stories later, there’s little question I found a couple topics to cover.

But a new challenge has come my way, and that means I’m stepping away as West Deptford’s editor.

I’m not going far; I’ll be staying in South Jersey and with Patch—just taking my news reporters’ notepad up Route 295 a few exits to tackle what will be our new site in Cherry Hill, which launches at the end of the month.

It’s an expansion that wouldn’t have happened without readers like you—people who embraced what Patch is doing in West Deptford and beyond and helped us grow and reach more people who want to connect with their towns.

It wasn’t an easy call to make the switch—in the 22 months I’ve spent as West Deptford editor, I’ve been lucky to be let into your lives, to experience the hardships and highs. From the floods that wrecked homes in Willow Woods and West 1st Avenue, the WDHS marching band’s drive for a second straight ACC championship to one active political scene and everything in between, I’ve been fortunate enough to be there and tell your stories.

And beyond that, you’ve shared your photos, told us about events going on—and used Patch to help promote those happenings—and made West Deptford Patch the place to get everything local.

For all that, and for what you've given me as a community, I thank you.

While I may be leaving, Patch will still be here as your news source for West Deptford. In my place will be temporary editors Shannon Sadler and Mike Monostra, who can be reached by emailing westdeptford@patch.com.

You can also reach out to our Regional Editor, Tim Zatzariny Jr. by email at tim.zatz@patch.com or by phone 609-775-5880, or Associate Regional Editor Lauren Burgoon at Lauren.burgoon@patch.com or by phone 856-952-4366.

J F Rando September 18, 2012 at 09:44 AM
Good luck in your new endeavor.
dclvm September 18, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Best of Luck Bryan, you will be missed here at WD Patch, thanks for all you have done!
Occupant September 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Good Luck at Cherry Hill Bryan, Try to stay awake, their township meetings are not as exciting as West Deptford's... Oh, one little favor, could you please take Denice and Donna with you. Thanks!.
Jim Knoblock September 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Bryan, Good luck to you in Cherry Hill and everything beyond. Your coverage of this town's news and activities were unprecedented. Jim Knoblock
redneckwillie3 September 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM
good luck bryan.they have more democrats in cherry hill you'll fit right in.
Jennifer Kilpatrick September 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Good luck, Bryan. Thanks for all your work!
John Bond September 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Good luck Bryan. Thanks for doing such an even handed job. We will miss you.
Mary Beth Kirschling September 18, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Thank you for your thorough coverage of all the happenings in our community. Your unbelievable photo journalist skills will also be missed. As families, we now have many pictures to treasure that we could have never taken ourselves. Our loss is Cherry Hill's gain - best wishes to you!
Ken September 18, 2012 at 04:05 PM
thank you, you will be missed.
Ernest Kraus September 18, 2012 at 05:50 PM
It seems that the Sunoco and oastal settlements as well as the investigation into the missing 4.5 million just wind up as an all other. Pity more time was not spent on investgative reporting and less on the 80% sports. Those I know in Cherry Hill are working to bring the same change to their township committee as was done in West Deptford What happened with the no more anonymous posts?. Bye Bye
Bryan Littel (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 06:22 PM
The anonymity was something you misread, Ernest.
John Keuler September 18, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Bryan, good luck to you in your new endeavor. West Deptford's loss is Cherry Hill's gain. The coverage you provided of all happenings West Deptford was top notch. I had the chance to interact with you over the last 2 years as the Little League teams made their championship runs and can't thank you enough for the smiles and sense of pride you brought to these young athletes as they read and saw their accomplishments online. These are memories that are eternally captured and would not have been possible without your tireless dedication.
Bill H. September 18, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Bryan, Good luck in your new endeavor. I know you will succeed. As a proud parent of a West Deptford High School Marching band member, you covered the bands accomplishments. along with all the schools teams equally.
Concerned Resident September 18, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Best of luck Bryan, thanks for giving everyone a voice.
Gina Hicks September 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Good luck Bryan!!! We sure will miss you!!!
Maria Palmer September 20, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Sorry to see you go. All of us in West Deptford will miss your excellent coverage. Thanks for allowing Valerie to shadow you, it was a great experience for her. Best of luck in Cherry Hill!
trop September 20, 2012 at 06:17 PM
We'll miss you Bryan! Please know how much I appreciated the spotlight you gave the WD Marching Band. If it wouldn't have been for you, all their hard work and accomplishments wouldn't have gotten the attention they so deserve. Best of luck and maybe you'll want to come back one day!
John September 25, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Best of luck Bryan with your new position at Patch and for keeping us updated on all of WD's important news.

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