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Behind every good reporter is a great community

Published Caption: Caryn Haller

Four years goes by quickly in the newspaper business where you’re constantly looking ahead to the next deadline.

Today is my last deadline, but I’ll still be around as a freelance writer.

Although I am looking forward to the next chapter, I can’t leave without saying how much being a reporter for The Record-Courier has meant to me.

When I was first offered the job in 2011, I had been a stay-at-home mom for four years. I hadn’t written a word the entire time, so I was extremely apprehensive if I could even do the job.

As it turned out, I still had it. I might not have been the best feature writer in the business, but I am proud of the stories I’ve covered.

I’ve been able to shine a light on some of the characters and events in Douglas County that people might not have known about.

The one major news story I did cover was one that most reporters would jump at the chance of doing. I am the only reporter in The Record-Courier history to have interviewed a sitting president. I’m still not sure how it came to be that I was picked to do it. At the time, we had Sheila Gardner, Scott Neuffer, Joey Crandall and Kurt Hildebrand who were all way better suited to do the interview, but they gave it to me. It was a surreal experience, but to this day, it really isn’t one of my top experiences I’ve had at The R-C.

I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of many cool stories, like glider rides, bear releases, firefighting and the “Home Means Nevada” singalong to name a few.

The people I’ve met and interviewed along the way will stick with me forever.

I have a cow vertebra on a speaker in my living room that Knox Johnson gave me when I interviewed him and his grandson. I’ve kept a photo on my desktop I took of Shalene Hillbrick during her battle with cancer. I also have a framed print hanging by my desk that artist Ruggero Gigli gave me for covering his wife, Gina’s memorial.

I am one of the lucky people who can say I truly enjoyed my job. I have learned so much and grown so much as a person. It is amazing how much this community has affected me for the better.

I promise, I won’t be a stranger. I plan on staying connected to the people and community I enjoy so much. If you see me around town at the grocery store or wherever, please stop me and say hello. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of the community, and I am truly grateful for all of you.