I knew nothing about journalism when I first started working here at the Times-Journal. One morning in March, Tricia and Bradley interviewed me and despite my lack of experience, the two of them decided to go out on a limb and hire me.

I was shocked, excited and afraid all at the same time. Three days after my interview was my first official day, and I have been learning ever since.

At the time, Bradley was taking over as the managing editor, so his plate was full with the responsibilities that job entailed.

Despite being in a new role himself, from day one he took the time to train me as a reporter, and he never stopped.

I have learned so much from watching Bradley. I admired him and wanted to do the best I could on every assignment he gave me. He knew so much about journalism and I wanted my work to be up to his standards, so when I was first starting out, I would try to do what I thought Bradley would do. I have listened to him interview so many people, some famous, some not, and he does it with such ease every time. I realized early on that he had a gift, and I wanted to learn from watching him utilize it, and I have. I can honestly say that he has taught me everything I know about journalism. I couldn’t have asked for a better boss, and I will always be appreciative of what he has done for me and what he has taught me. Now that it’s time for Bradley to take his gift to the marketing department for United Way of Greater Atlanta, I get to put what he has taught me to use as the next managing editor for the Times-Journal. I will never have the knowledge of journalism Bradley does. I will never bring his same energy to the newsroom, and I will never be the editor Bradley was. One thing I can and will do, though, is take what he has taught me and pass it down to the next Times-Journal reporter. I want to help someone like Bradley helped me.

I am beyond blessed to have been given the opportunity to step into this new role, and I can’t thank Tricia enough for even considering me for the job. There are people out there more qualified than me, but I have something they don’t have and that’s the legacy of Bradley Roberts to live up to.

From day one, I have tried to work up to Bradley’s standards, and I know that if I can achieve even a fraction of what he has as the managing editor, then I will be OK.

I’m so happy Bradley is getting to broaden his horizons in the thing he loves the most, and I know that wherever he goes, he’ll always have a story to tell. The newsroom won’t be the same without you, Bradley. You have left your mark on this place.

For me, I’ll always remember when Bradley Roberts was my managing editor and I’ll always remember what he taught me along the way.

Thanks for everything, Bradley.

Kayla Beaty is art director for the Times-Journal. She can be reached at kbeaty@times-journal.com.

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