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A new chapter: High points in my 40-year journalism career

Launching Life! and editing it for 12 years were high points in my 40-year journalism career

Published on Jun 7, 2014 11:34 AM

As I prepare to leave The Straits Times - my last day is on June 19 - I look back on my 40-year career in journalism with gratitude and pride.

Gratitude, because I loved my job, and ST was where I could best serve my talent and abilities. Not many people can claim to love their jobs where they can make the best use of their abilities.

Over the years, my editors have been good to me, mentoring me, encouraging me and giving me precious real estate in the paper where I wrote reports and columns. My colleagues too had been supportive. I hope I had made a difference to the early careers of some of them.

Pride, because I was responsible for launching the Life! section in 1990 and was its editor for 12 years. Life! came into being just when the arts scene was taking off and I believe the section played no small part in helping it to grow and flourish. It still does, under the watch of the paper's associate editor Helen Chia who, incidentally, started her career in the paper in the section.

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