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1105 GovInfo’s Nancy Ferris to retire

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The DorobekInsider has learned that 1105 GovInfo’s Nancy Ferris has announced that she is going to retire.

Of course, we told you earlier that 1105 GovInfo recently hired a new editorial director, David Rapp.  Another editorial change, albeit unrelated — 1105 GovInfo is losing a distinguished journalist in Ferris who I have had the pleasure of working with for most of my DC career.

Ferris has an amazing journalistic career — in the government market, and elsewhere. She worked at the former Washington Star newspaper. I met Ferris when she was the managing editor at Government Computer News and I was a mere reporter. She worked at Government Executive for a time and eventually joined PlanetGov, which was a dot-com start-up in the late 1990s featuring Mike Causey, who has just made the jump from the Washington Post. (I now get to work with the legendary Mike Causey again here at Federal News Radio 1500 AM.) In DC, you may remember Causey’s face all over buses around town. When both of were jobless after the dot-com was dot-gone, I eventually ended up at Federal Computer Week. Later, I was thrilled to hire Ferris to work on the burgeoning Government Health IT publication.

She has notified 1105 Media that she will be retiring.

Government Health IT editor Paul McCloskey, in a note sent to staff, called her a “real pro,” and I couldn’t agree more.

Her husband retired a few years ago — they do some of the most amazing adventures. Personally, I wish her all the best and publicly thank her for all the help that she provided me over the years.

Read McCloskey’s note after the break:

As promised, GHIT editor Paul McCloskey’s note to 1105 GovInfo staff sent out today:

I wanted everyone to know that regretfully for us, but happily for her, Government Health IT senior editor Nancy Ferris has announced she is retiring at the end of this month.

Because she works from her home office, most of you probably don’t know Nancy well. That’s too bad because for the last three years we’ve had a real pro in our midst.

Nancy is winding up a three-decade-long career that featured stops as a reporter and editor at the venerable Washington Star newspaper, as managing editor of Government Computer News, as technology editor for Government Executive magazine, and editor-in-chief of PlanetGov.

So it’s been a privilege for me to have worked with her at her last stop before retirement. In talking about our beat and in (lightly) editing her work, she has taught me more about health care and IT – and how to cover it – than anyone else I know. She’s also a true expert in the economical use of words to make sense of the thorny policy stories that always crop up in government health IT.

I’m going to miss our collaboration and friendship. Please join me in wishing Nancy the best as she pursues her avocations – and continues to cultivate her garden.

Paul

Written by cdorobek

December 17, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Posted in press

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