Buckhead Patch Editor Heads to New Chapter

Building a local news site has been an exciting journey

Covering Buckhead as the Buckhead Patch Local Editor has been a great adventure.

I've written about crime, fires, art, politics, sports, commercial real estate, schools, homes, traffic, neighborhoods, the weather, restaurants and interesting Buckhead people. I've learned to juggle Twitter, Facebook, editing video, meeting a payroll and engaging in marketing. Now, I've decided to move on to new challenges and opportunities.

I launched Buckhead Patch in December 2010, covering George W. Bush and Laura Bush's book signing at the now defunct Border's bookstore. A veteran journalist, I joined my metro Patch colleagues in giving our local communities a fresh style of coverage, blending the best of new and old media in innovative ways. Since then, Buckhead Patch and the other Patch sites have built a loyal following, delivering news and information about shopping, dining and entertainment seven days a week and providing a format for community conversation. As I move on from Patch, I am happy to leave behind a strong foundation for the future.

Looking back, I am proud of many things. I've made mistakes and known frustrations, but one of the great things about Patch is the freedom to try different things, even if they don't always work out as well as planned. But I've enjoyed the freedom to experiment and expand the definition of what is community news.

Buckhead Patch, along with my colleagues in the Virginia-Highland, East Atlanta and Midtown Patch site, have provided the city's most in-depth coverage of the APS redistricting process. We provided a forum for community debate on the future of Buckhead's public schools. We've also extensively covered the accomplishments of students, including those at the community's private schools. I hope I've come close to fulfilling our mission of providing a broad range of coverage to make your lives easier.

The thing I've liked best is meeting new people and renewing ties with those I've known for years. Buckhead has impressive buildings, great shopping, fine restaurants and stylish cars, but its greatest resource is its people, those who live here and those who come here from outside for work and pleasure. As I head into the next chapter, I am looking forward to remaining in this vibrant community.

Hunt Archbold (Editor) April 15, 2012 at 12:19 PM
A job well done...and not an easy one, Louis. Your committed and sustained coverage of all things Buckhead was spot on and will be missed. Best of luck with this next chapter!
Anita Anderson April 15, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Thank you so much Louis. Thank you for covering our special events at Sarah Smith. We appreciate your wonderful ability to write and wish you the best in the future. Anita Anderson
Deb April 15, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Excellent. Interesting and creative. Thank you for doing such quality work for our community.
Yolanda Adrean April 15, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Best of luck to you Louis! Local coverage is so important and I appreciate your dedication to being everywhere to report for all of us.
John Schaffner April 15, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Louis: Good luck to you in your "next chapter," whatever that might be. I have enjoyed the friendly competition over the past year as we covered so many meetings, events and stories together. Keep in touch. John Schaffner, editor of BuckheadView
Mikki Hubbard April 15, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Have thoroughly enjoyed your contributions and will continue to enjoy the Patch. All the best in your new venture.
Jim Durrett April 15, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Louis: I have appreciated the coverage you have given the Buckhead CID and I wish you the very best as you turn the page. You have set a high standard. Good luck.
Nancy Waldeck April 16, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Louis, I know that the Patch readers will miss you! Cheers to your next adventure!
Jenna Leopold Shulman April 16, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Louis, I already said it to you personally, but now that I know you are leaving the Patch, I want to again sincerely praise and thank you for your truly excellent, up-to-date coverage of the APS school redistricting information. Among so many other great stories and subjects that you cover each day, this issue was really at a forefront for so many individuals and your stories were always current, relevant and interesting -- with great headlines! I am so appreciative to have such a worthwhile community newspaper and thank you for all of your hard work making the Patch so great! Good luck!
Molly Read Woo April 16, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Louis, you've done such an amazing job covering the news of this community. Thank you for making all of Buckhead more interesting and accessible for all of us.
Louis Mayeux April 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Thanks for the kind words. My best wishes to all of you and the work you do for the community. Take care. Louis
Jaclyn Hirsch (Editor) April 16, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I think I speak for the whole Patch family when I say we will miss having you around. Best of luck in your next endeavor. Stay Patchy!
Olivia A. Myers May 18, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Didn't know you were leaving. Sorry to see you go! Hope to meet you in person one day.
Amy Nicole Fara Borsuk Wolkis October 29, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Louis.You should know that Buckethead is my favorite guitar player. The KFC bucket that he wears on his head whilst performing reminds me of the Big Chicken, which, in turn, reminds me of a huge cock. Louis, you remind me of a huge cock. Tell me that you love me Louis! I KNOW THAT YOU LOVE ME LEWIS!!! TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME LEWIS! I WANT TO HEAR IT RIGHT NOW LOUIS!!!


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