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Introducing New Editor of Encinitas Patch, Fresh from Marine Beat

Award-winning journalist Daniel Woolfolk succeeds Marlena Medford, who gains new Patch role.

It’s often said the one constant in life is change, and that’s certainly held true in Encinitas lately. This week voters ushered in new councilmembers, and after an 18-year wait, elected a new county supervisor.

Even the weather is changing as autumn makes a late but welcomed appearance. And things are changing at Encinitas Patch, too.

As Patch continues to improve and expand, I’ll be taking on a new regional role that allows me to focus on engaging more readers, a facet of my job I love. And Patch isn’t all that’s improving and expanding.

As many of you may already know, my husband and I will be welcoming our first baby this spring, right here in Encinitas. We’ve sprouted new roots in this town, and I’m happy to say you’ll still see me out and about—just likely with a little girl in tow. And because I’ll still be a big part of the Patch team, you can rest assured I’m more invested in covering this community than ever.

Today I’m handing the reins over to Daniel Woolfolk, who you may know as the editor of Camp Pendleton Patch. He, like me and many of you, has had fallen in love with Encinitas. He moved to North County from the East Coast and it wasn’t long until he was slipping down to Encinitas a few times a week to grab a bite downtown or enjoy our beautiful coastline.

He couldn’t resist its magnetic charm, and who among us could blame him? Daniel will soon be moving to Encinitas, and I hope you’ll join me in making him feel like a local.

Though it’s bittersweet for me to end my time as editor of Encinitas Patch, I take a lot of comfort in knowing I’m leaving the 2-year-old site in good hands.

Daniel would never toot his horn, so allow me: He earned his graduate degree at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, where he was a Pulitzer-Moore fellow and intern for Lens, the photojournalism blog of The New York Times.

He took over Camp Pendleton Patch last year, and his reporting recently earned him three awards from the San Diego Press Club. Daniel also served in the US Army as a Cavalry Scout and deployed to Kosovo and Iraq as a reconnaissance machine gunner. He’s studied Arabic and German, and he’s fluent in Spanish.

I encourage you to contact Daniel, or better yet, invite him out for a cup of coffee or to your next community event. You can reach Daniel at daniel.woolfolk@patch.com or 760-237-0204. 

Marlena Medford November 10, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Thank you everyone for all the well wishes. It’s been an adventure covering Encinitas, a joy making my home here, and a thrill to now be starting my family here. I can say that largely because of all of you, the people who help make Encinitas such an irresistibly alluring place—so thank you for that, too.
Teresa Arballo Barth November 10, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Looking forward to meeting Daniel and keeping in touch with you Marlena. Patch has become an important part of Encinitas.
Olivier Canler November 11, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Marlena, You have done a great job for Encinitas Patch these last 2 years. Patch is great because it's flexible, easily to post to, and open to all opinions. You will be missed as the editor of Encinitas Patch. Welcome to Daniel at Encinitas Patch!
Hoa Quách November 12, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Great news for Encinitas!
Al Ein November 17, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Thanks Patch.... you are now the only valuable public news source beyond blogs.... considering the local rags where bought by a Developer Doug Manchester. I quite even looking at them completely. My prediction is they will both die like twigs without water.

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