Uber-sports reporter Emanuel Lee is leaving the Daily Journal after a six-year stay, beginning Friday.
After a long, difficult decision, he
decided the time is now to make a long-dreamed move to Utah.
Hard to fault him.
It's something he's
wanted to do for a while and if he
didn't do it now, he
might never make the move and always wonder, "What if?"
In a completely selfish way, I don't want him to go.
been my right-hand man for over six years.
more than just a coworker.
is a tremendous friend.
During the intervening time, I harped to my editor-in-chief that adding Emanuel
to the staff would allow the Daily Journal
sports section to blossom.
In 2006, we made the move - Emanuel was hired as a full-time writer at the Daily Journal and the sports section took off.
As a reporter and writer, there is none his
equal around here.
A multi-time winner of Peninsula Press Club
set a standard to which I aspire.
knack for pulling the most intimate details from interview subjects constantly had me shaking my head in amazement, wondering what he
said and how he
said it that would make people open their souls to him.
More than once I felt my eyes well up reading one of his
That's when Emanuel
was at his
wasn't too shabby the rest of the time, either.
Just as important as his
writing was the support he
gave me on the desk and covering for me when I was out.
It made it easier to accept being sick or going on vacation, knowing the Daily Journal
sports section was in good hands.
I didn't have to worry about the section getting done because Emanuel
was on the job.
No panicked phone calls from him, no whiny e-mails.
just did the job for which I will be forever grateful.
And though he
never said anything, I suspect he
understood my situation - living so far from the office with a wife and child that I rarely get to see but on weekends.
It's not uncommon for Emanuel
to finish the sports section for me on any given night.
While waiting for that final late-night professional baseball or basketball game to finish, more often than not it was Emanuel
asking me if I wanted him to finish up the section for me.
I may have never said it before but I'm saying it now - thanks Emanuel
, for all your help.
And one other thing.
first told me at the beginning of the month he
would be leaving, I told him this and I now tell the Daily Journal sports community as well: I may find someone as good as Emanuel Lee
to replace him, but I don't think I'll find anyone better.